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27 – 30 September

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Translation Duel – L’Amant

September 30, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Last year the Litfest held its first ever Translation Duel on the work of Garcia Marquez. The event was packed as the translators battled it out.

It will be no different this year when two prize- winning translators, Ros Schwartz and Frank Wynne, debate the literary dilemmas posed by L’Amant by Marguerite Duras. Published in 1984, this autobiographical novel won the Priz Goncourt, France’s highest publishing accolade. Duras is also well known for her script for the 1960 film Hiroshima Mon Amour.

Ros Schwartz is an award-winning translator from French of some 75 works of fiction and non-fiction, including the 2010 edition of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince.

Born in Sligo, Ireland, Frank Wynne has been a literary translator for 20 years, having worked with many French and Hispanic authors. He has won the IMPAC Prize (2002), the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (2005), and has twice been awarded the Scott Moncrieff Prize and the Premio Valle Inclán.

The chair will be Daniel Hahn, writer, editor, translator and a leading figure in the translation world, having served on the board of English PEN and the international council of Human Rights Watch.


September 30, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Marlborough Town Hall
5 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1AA United Kingdom