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★ LITERARY HUB ★ Jennifer Croft talks to the translators of Virginie Despentes
By Jennifer Croft
I’ve been getting a lot of good news lately. Among the best of it is the fact that Frank Wynne’s translation of the next volume of Virginie Despentes’s Vernon Subutex trilogy is done and will be out in July. I can’t believe I get to read another one! Let alone two more. Emma Ramadan’s translation of Pretty Things is coming out in August, too.
It’s going to be a great summer. Gearing up to that, I’ve briefly interviewed all four of Despentes’s English translators. Although I posed the same questions to all of them, their responses could not have been more different. The one thing they all shared was an abiding love of Despentes’s glorious prose and unassailable courage.