Translation and Human Rights

This week concludes Women in Translation Month, established in 2014 by critic Meytal Radzinski to highlight the gender disparities of which authors are translated into English from their original languages. In the United States, under 3% of traditionally published books each year are translations from other languages, and only 30% of these are books by women authors. As I found out when I attended a Women in Translation reading at McNally-Jackson Bookstore last week, whether or not an author is translated isn’t just a matter of money and prestige. For some writers, it can have life and death consequences.

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