Bilingual Pen Friends, Translation Amiss


Bilingual Pen Friends, Translation Amiss
  1. Bilingual Pen Friends, Translation Amiss
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    Marcela Sulak reads from an English language novel originally written in private correspondence between American Nell Zink and Israeli writer Avner Shats. The post Bilingual Pen Friends, Translation Amiss appeared first on TLV1…
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Host Marcela Sulak breaks ‘Israel in Translation’ custom by devoting this episode to Nell Zink’s English language novel, Sailing Toward the Sunset by Avner Shats. Nell Zink, an American, began a correspondence with Avner Shats after she moved to Israel in 1997. Zink was unable to read Shats’ Hebrew, but she resolved to write a book that would mirror his remarkable style. For fifteen years, Shats was the only reader of her literary output. Zink once said, “Avner and I just began writing for each other. The first thing I wrote for him was a novel called Sailing Towards the Sunset by Avner Shats. It never crossed my mind anyone else would ever read my writing.”

Here is an excerpt from Sailing Towards the Sunset by Avner Shats:

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