June 8, 2014 · 2:00 PM
Translation is the most under-appreciated of the literary arts, and one of the most challenging: it has to be faithful to the old language while working well in the new one. There's rarely just one "right" way to translate a text. (I've done a bit of translation, so I've dealt with those challenges.) And in the long run, since the languages we speak never stop evolving, classic writing will largely live on through its translations.
For the June event, our topic will be foreign-language writing translated into English. There's important writing in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and many other languages. And there are some brilliant people in the translation field.
As usual, if you want to read something off-topic or you'd rather just listen, that's OK with us. And if you want to read your own writing, so much the better!
Victory Cafe is in Mirvish Village, just southwest of Honest Ed's, near the Bathurst subway station.