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.