Three international authors discuss how the translation of their work into English has unlocked a universal audience that was unattainable in their native language. Martin Solotruk will host.
This event is part of Found in Translation, a yearly Festival focus on the art of literary translation with the goal of increasing Canadian awareness of international talent.
Jonas T. Bengtsson was born in 1976. He is the author of the critically acclaimed and prize-winning debut Amina’s Letters, which won the BG Bank First Book Award and was a finalist for the Weekendavisens Litterature Prize. His second novel, Submarino, was awarded the PO Enquist Literary Prize and was adapted into a film by Thomas Vinterberg. Bengtsson presents his third novel, A Fairy Tale, an unforgettable story about the profound love between a father and son. It was a finalist for the Danish Radio Literature Prize for Best Novel of the Year.
Andrej Blatnik is a writer of both fiction and criticism. He has also worked as a translator, translating the work of Paul Bowes, among others. Blatnik presents Law of Desire, an expansive collection of 16 stories about “urban nomads” lost in a labyrinth of pop culture.
Drago Jančar is one of Slovenia’s best-known writers at home and abroad. He is the recipient of Slovenia’s highest literary honour, the Prešeren Award, and was awarded the European Prize for Literature. Jančar presents his latest novel, The Tree with No Name. Shifting between Slovenia’s post-communist present and its wartime occupation by the Axis, it is a compelling and universally significant story of an individual confronting the constraints on truth set by his—and every—culture.
Martin Solotruk was born in Bratislava in 1970. He graduated from Comenius University, where he now teaches. Solotruk's first book of poetry, Tichévojny, won a Slovak Literary Fund award. His poems have appeared in numerous international anthologies, and he has read at festivals and events around the world. He also translates poetry from English, for which he has won several awards. Solotruk is Director of ArsPoetica International, a poetry festival and publishing house.