Translating French comics for Scratches 2

Earlier this year, a friend put me in touch with the people behind Scratches, a magazine devoted to the fine art of comics, featuring work by artists from around the world. The edition is edited by Joost Swarte, renowned Dutch cartoonist and graphic designer whose work is regularly featured on the cover of the New Yorker. With an international audience in mind, all Scratches comics are translated into English, and I had the honor of translating work by two well-known French cartoonists, François Ayeroles and Jochen Gerner, for the latest edition, Scratches 2.

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Translating Catching Dogs with Dogs by Rob van Essen

Who doesn't love a good post-apocalyptic nightmare? Well, I guess it depends on how imminent it feels. As jarring as speculative science fiction may be, I like how it makes you think. I had the pleasure of translating Catching Dogs with Dogs by contemporary Dutch science fiction author Rob van Essen for the literary magazine 2.3.74.You can read my translation here!

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Translating and editing for karres+brands’ new book!

Last year, I collaborated with karres+brands on the translation and editing of their new book. This beautiful Dutch-English bilingual edition contains fascinating images and detailed descriptions of their 2017 landscape architecture and urban planning projects. As always, it's wonderful to see the final result in print!

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ELV Zomercursus Literair Vertalen 2017

From August 21-25, I had the tremendous pleasure of participating in the ELV Summer School for Literary Translation in Utrecht. This year, the week-long intensive course put the spotlight on three languages into which there is a growing demand for translated Dutch literature: French, Turkish and English. As English translators, we learned all about intertextuality, translator agency, and unravelling the layers of difficult texts in masterclasses with award-winning translators Susan Massotty, Sam Garrett and Michele Hutchinson.

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Dutch Architecture Translation for Frits van Dongen

This past Spring, I had the pleasure of working with Elbert Arens, essay writer for Dutch architect Frits van Dongen, on their new retrospective book Frits van Dongen: 25 years, 25 works. The beautiful, shiny red volume is published by Spain's TC Cuadernos, translated into Spanish and English. The project turned out to be a trilingual collaboration: I translated Arens's architecture essays from Dutch to English, which were then translated into Spanish. Both translations are printed side-by-side for bilingual reading and accompanied by large, colorful images.

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Freelance Annual Report Writer for Amsterdam NGO

In the first half of 2017, I was commissioned by the Max Foundation to write their 2016 Annual Report. It was an enormous job, but the final result has been well worth the effort! Max Foundation is a wonderful Amsterdam-based NGO focused on providing clean water, sanitation and health services in South Asia and soon in Africa. You can read the Max Foundation 2016 Annual Report here!

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Takeaways from Translator Made Corporeal

This photo is what got me to theTranslator Made Corporeal event at the British Library in the first place. It was taken at the London Book Fair by photographer Julia Schoenstaedt as part of a portrait series revealing the rarely-seen faces behind literary translation. The project set the tone for the event, which aimed to investigate the "human, flesh-and-blood translator in a historical and cultural context." As keynote speaker Jeremy Munday put it, a translator leaves a "linguistic footprint" that is inherently biased toward his or her world view. Their notes scribbled in page margins and correspondence with editors allow us to "taste and smell the literary creation process".

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Urology under the Swastika

Did you know that hormonal treatments for certain andrological conditions were available in Nazi Germany, or that long before Viagra, erectile dysfunction was treated with something called 'Testifortan'? Neither did I until I translated "The Suppression of Sexual Science: effects on the professional development of andrology and sexual medicine" by Dirk Schultheiss from German for the European Association of Urology. My translation has been published in Urology under the Swastika... 

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Reflections on the London Book Fair 2017

Last Wednesday, we walked to the train station in The Hague and hopped the train to London. One stopover in Brussels and a few hours later, we stepped out at St. Pancras. Picadilly line to District line and I was walking into the London Book Fair. I arrived late in the afternoon, just in time to catch a few panels before the wine came out. Afterwards, the translators among us headed to The Blackbird at Earl's Court for a pint.

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Residency at the Vertalershuis Amsterdam

As a translator, you constantly have to make decisions on what to do about these little things. Do you just translate them as they are and preserve the Belgian-ness of the book? Or do you convert them into something more familiar for your target readership? If you translate "hostie" to "satellite wafer", are you then obliged to explain that it is a sort of puffy sugary disk with candy beads rattling inside? Would Americans appreciate encountering a "Rubbermaid" in a book they chose specifically for its foreign-ness?...

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