The annual lecture on literary translation
The annual lecture on literary translation is given by Arundhati Roy, best known for her novels The God of Small Things, which won the Booker Prize in 1997, and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.
Since winning the Booker Prize, she has devoted her time to social and environmental activism and works of non-fiction including The Algebra of Infinite Justice, Listening to Grasshoppers and Broken Republic. Her second novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2017 and described by the judges as 'a rich and vital book' that has 'remarkable scale' and 'extraordinary style and intelligence.'
The Sebald Lecture is named after W G Sebald who set up British Centre for Literary Translation in 1989. Known as ‘Max’, he was a German writer who opted to live in the UK and continue writing in German. His novels and essays include The Rings of Saturn, Austerlitz, and On the Natural History of Destruction which established him as a leading writer of the 20th century.
In association with the British Centre for Literary Translation founded by W G Sebald