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Tuesday 02 October 2007

Fiction in Translation

Lisa Appignanesi, prize-winning novelist (The Memory Man), translator (The Year is '42, with John Berger), writer (Losing the Dead) and Deputy President of English PEN talks to two acclaimed translators about their recent work: Len Rix (Pushkin Press) is the translator of Hungarian novelist Antal Szerb (Journey by Moonlight, The Pendragon Legend and Oliver VII); and Magda Szabó (The Door). Patrick Camiller (Dalkey Archive) is the translator of contemporary Romanian novelist Dumitru Tsepeneag (Vain Art of the Fugue). The event is on Wednesday 24th October at 7pm (tickets £3, available in person or on 7794 1098) at Waterstone's, 68-69 Hampstead High St, London.

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