Found in Translation


AT HOME WITH WORDS: Kamoun's translated 26 books, including, so far, six by Roth

At an age when many writers are winding down, Philip Roth is enjoying a remarkable creative surge. The American author, now 71, has published six breathtaking novels in the past nine years; he won the U.S. National Book Award in 1995 and the Pulitzer in 1998. His latest, The Plot Against America, is near the top of U.S. best-seller lists. But like other acclaimed authors writing in English, Roth depends on gifted but unsung translators to bring his books to audiences abroad. In France, Roth is especially fortunate to have had his recent work rendered by Josée Kamoun. She has translated...

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