New in translation! The Melting by Lize Spit

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The Melting by Lize Spit, translated by Kristen Gehrman

My translation of Lize Spit’s bestselling debut novel The Melting (Het smelt) is now out in the UK with Picador Books (with a Translator’s Note by yours truly :). The US edition will follow soon! The photo below was taken for the Dutch Literature Foundation’s favorite sentence social media campaign. I have too many favorite sentences in this book to pick just one, but this one sums up how I feel at what I hope is the end of this pandemic. I was finishing up the translation of The Melting when the coronavirus broke out last year, and I thought, “Well, this is my quarantine project.” It turned out to be the first of many. Here we are, more than a year later, and I can only take hope in the thought that there is still an untouched summer before me.