For a start, translators from German collect a depressingly well-stocked bookshelf of background material on Hitler and the Holocaust. The Nazis were the ultimate deniers of free speech, and echoes of their policies rumbled on for years.A nice little look at a few great books and what ties them together other than Anthea's translatorly hand.
Friday, 8 June 2012
Anthea Bell on German Writing and Free Speech
My personal translation idol Anthea Bell has a piece in today's Telegraph (ah, well) about how some of the books she's translated reflect on freedom of speech, featuring two sentences that made me smile and sigh in recognition: