This excellent number of texts by means of and approximately Barbara Wright—“the such a lot exceptional, conscientious and unique translator of twentieth century French literature”—begins the paintings of accurately commemorating a determine towards whom all of English letters owes an unpayable debt.
Legendary writer and author John Calder stated of Barbara Wright that she was once “the such a lot exceptional, conscientious and unique translator of twentieth century French literature.” Wright brought to an English-speaking readership and viewers the most leading edge French literature of the final hundred years: an international with out Alfred Jarry’s Ubu, Raymond Queneau’s Zazie, and Robert Pinget’s Monsieur Songe scarcely bears wondering. this glorious choice of texts approximately and by means of Barbara Wright—including paintings by way of David Bellos, Breon Mitchell, and Nick Wadley, in addition to a formerly unpublished screenplay written and translated via Wright in collaboration with Robert Pinget—begins the paintings of correctly commemorating a determine towards whom all of English letters owes an unpayable debt.
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Barbara Wright: Translation as Art