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Frankfurt homage inspires Czech translators to join forces in an open letter to publishers

Inside the translator’s head – maybe the first comic book ever about the work of translators

Sitting for hours and typing away? With their noses in books and dictionaries? Aha, only apparently so! The lives of translators are full of exciting adventures and extraordinary experiences, although most of these happen in their heads.W głowie tłumaczy (‘Inside the translator’s head’) is the first comic (maybe even on a global scale, though we can’t be certain) about translators and their work: […]

They work hard, but earn little: freelancers in the Italian publishing sector

Basque translators met Bulgarian colleagues (17-19 October 2018)

Last year representatives from EIZIE (Euskal Itzultzaile, Zuzentzaile eta Interpreteen Elkartea, the Association of Translators, Correctors and Interpreters of the Basque Language) traveled to Slovenia as part of the New Translators programme, and this year we were in Bulgaria October 17-19 to discuss the importance of translation in the development of literature and in Basque culture, among other things. […]

Czech translator takes a public stand against xenophobic comments

Czech translator takes a public stand against xenophobic comments

Michala Marková, a renowned translator from English and French, wrote an open letter to the Czech Radio Council, expressing her concerns about the unacceptable statement of one of its members, Tomáš Kňourek, who reacted to a broadcasted excerpt from her translation of The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst. Mr Kňourek called the author a ‘lecher’ dressed as a writer and his writing ‘filth’, irrelevantly attacked the United Kingdom and its approach to migration, mentioned the Muslim minority as ‘people’ in quotation marks, and implicitly suggested censorship would be welcome  while attacking  the editor in chief of the highly acclaimed radio station. […]

They work hard, but earn little: freelancers in the Italian publishing sector

Agreement in lengthy contract conflict in Sweden

Swedish translators have entered into an agreement with the Bonnier Publishing Group almost a year to the day after the former Standard Contract between the Publishers’ Association and the Translators’ Section of the Swedish Writers’ Union was terminated. […]

Czech translator takes a public stand against xenophobic comments

Italian Translators’ Association STRADE addresses AmazonCrossing with an open letter

A panel on how to become a literary translator, organised by Amazon Publishing on 10 March 2018 within the Milan book fair ‘Tempo di Libri’, was the occasion for Italian translators’ associations to follow up on a dialogue with AmazonCrossing about their contracts with translators.

This dialogue started in 2014, after a European campaign involving VdÜ, Strade, ATLF and CEATL. A meeting between the parties was organized at the 2014 Frankfurt book fair. This meeting brought some improvements in AmazonCrossing’s standard translation contract and the parties left with an agreement to continue discussions as CEATL still didn’t deem it satisfactory. […]

Czech translator takes a public stand against xenophobic comments

Positive note in Dutch Cultural Policy 2018 – 2021

On 12 March 2018, the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Ingrid van Engelshoven, presented the Cultural Policy for 2018 to 2021. Two positive points stand out: after years of austerity, the government will start making investments in culture again and secondly, reasonable remuneration for workers in the sector is explicitly mentioned. […]

They work hard, but earn little: freelancers in the Italian publishing sector

Negotiations on new contract follow successful talks between the Swedish Writers’ Union and the Bonnier Publishing Group

In late November last year the Translators’ section of the Swedish Writers’ Union recommended its members to not sign any new deals with the Bonnier Group.

The Swedish Standard Contract was cancelled last summer and in late autumn Bonnier had presented a draft contract that was unacceptable to the literary translators. Among other things the draft took away the translator’s right to have ‘the last word’ in translations. […]

They work hard, but earn little: freelancers in the Italian publishing sector

Three cases of plagiarism in Bulgaria

In the past year the Bulgarian Translators’ Union (BTU) has dealt with a number of cases of translation plagiarism.

Last March Prof. Ana Dimova, literary translator and BTU member, published an article entitled The (Un)known Joseph Roth: Translation or Transcript in the renowned literary newspaper Literaturen Vestnik. In the article she compared a recent translation of Joseph Roth’s stories into Bulgarian by Vladko Murdarov („Легенда за пияницата светец“, Black Flamingo, 2015) with her own translation of the same stories of thirty years previously („Гробницата на капуцините“. Избрани творби. Народна култура, 1986) and found the differences minimal. […]