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SURVEY: Which Language Do You Want More Broadly Translated into English?

By Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-Chief

Why Translation Matters by Edith Grossman

Today’s feature story looks at Overlook’s ambitious “The Russian Library” project, a projected 125 volume series that seeks to gain greater global exposure for unheralded Russian authors and texts by translating them into English.

English, as many have acknowledged, is a “gateway” language that enables readers who cannot read Portuguese, Japanese or Indonesian (to take some examples) to read books from those cultures in English, which is more widely utilized, with an eye toward translating them into the own native tongue. Unfortunately, much translation into English is limited and what there is remains focused on a handful of languages — the tops being French, German and Spanish, in large part because of the strong cultural affinities the United States has with those nations speaking those languages.

So, tell us, which literature of the world’s most widely spoken languages do you want to see more broadly translated into English? Which should be prioritized? Take our survey and let us know — pick one or supply your own below in the comments.

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  1. Posted January 25, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Permalink


  2. Reader
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    More Bengali! Bengali and Hindi are two very different languages by the way, why put them as one option?

  3. Posted January 30, 2013 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    I am with “reader” on more Bengali, even though I was obligated by my professional guild to vote for Arabic.

  4. Posted March 2, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Interesting that Portuguese had about 15% votes! It is a language with a strong growth in international projection and reader number in the last ten years. I recommend the blog http://iilp.wordpress.com to understand better that process.

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