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The Translator
The Translator
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  • Hardcover
  • Jul.01.2013
  • 9781605984704

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“Schuyler writes with piercing intelligence and real insight into the complex worlds of literary translation and human relationships.” — Ellen Sussman, author of the New York Times bestselling novel, French Lessons     In silken prose and with subtle suspense, Nina Schuyler brings us a mesmerizing novel of language and translation, memory loss and heartbreak, and the search for answers in a foreign country. When renowned translator Hanne Schubert falls down a flight of stairs, her injury is an unusual but real condition — the loss of her native language. She is left speaking only Japanese, a language learned later in life. With her personal life at a crossroad, Hanne leaves for Japan. There, the Japanese novelist whose work she translated stunningly confronts her publicly for sabotaging his work. Reeling, Hanne struggles for meaning and seeks...
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“Schuyler writes with piercing intelligence and real insight into the complex worlds of literary translation and human relationships.” — Ellen Sussman, author of the New York Times bestselling novel, French Lessons

 

 


In silken prose and with subtle suspense, Nina Schuyler brings us a mesmerizing novel of language and translation, memory loss and heartbreak, and the search for answers in a foreign country. When renowned translator Hanne Schubert falls down a flight of stairs, her injury is an unusual but real condition — the loss of her native language. She is left speaking only Japanese, a language learned later in life. With her personal life at a crossroad, Hanne leaves for Japan. There, the Japanese novelist whose work she translated stunningly confronts her publicly for sabotaging his work.

Reeling, Hanne struggles for meaning and seeks out the inspiration for the author’s novel — a tortured, chimerical actor, once a master in the art of Noh theater. Through their passionate and intriguing relationship, Hanne begins to understand the masks she has worn in her life, just as the actor dons the masks that have made him a legend of Noh.  The demons from her past and present begin to unfold and Hanne sets out to make amends in this searing and engrossing novel.

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I was inspired to write this new novel when I discovered Dostoyevsky--one of my favorite authors as a girl--had been translated badly by a woman of Victorian energies and Edwardian prose. Questions swirled: What constitutes a good translation? What does a translator owe an author? I had, to my delight, the beginning of a novel.

About Nina

My second novel, THE TRANSLATOR, was published July, 2013 by Pegasus Books, and has received starred reviews from Booklist and Shelf Awareness.

My first novel, THE PAINTING, was named by the San Francisco Chronicle as a Best Book for 2004 and by MSNBC as a “...

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Published Reviews

Dec.22.2007

According to the tenets of Buddhism, life is suffering, and suffering arises inexorably from desire, from the act of wanting. In Nina Schuyler's meditative first novel, "The Painting," the...

Dec.22.2007

Best Reason to Read: For Schuyler's stylistic versatility. The author's richly imagined Japanese sections resemble Japanese art with their delicate strokes and her darker rendering of the wounded soldier's...