W G Sebald Lecture 2020: David Bellos

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Join Professor David Bellos live as he uncovers the myths and mysteries of literary translation.

This year’s Sebald Lecture in Literary Translation will be given online by David Bellos. Professor Bellos teaches French and Comparative Literature at Princeton University, where he also directs the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication. A prize-winning translator of works by Georges Perec, Ismail Kadare and others, he has written an acclaimed introduction to translation, Is That A Fish in Your Ear? The Amazing Adventure of Translation (Penguin, 2012). His biography of Perec won the Prix Goncourt de la biographie in 1994, and his latest book is a study of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, Les Misérables.

This year’s lecture will be streamed live on Zoom, with the opportunity to put questions to Professor Bellos afterwards.

The Sebald Lecture is named after W G Sebald who set up the 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. 

Presented by the British Centre for Literary Translation, in association with the National Centre for Writing. Supported by the Arts Council England.

Please note the 16.00 start time is BST.

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Name: W G Sebald Lecture 2020: David Bellos
Where: Entrance Hall
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