Why Translation Matters

Translation not only plays its important traditional role as the means that allows us access to literature  originally written in one of the countless languages we cannot read, but it also represents a concrete literary presence with the crucial capacity to ease and make more meaningful our relationship to those with whom we may not have had a connection before.  Translation always helps us to know, to see from a  different angle, to attribute new value to what once may have been unfamiliar. As nations and individuals, we have a critical need for that kind of understanding and insight. The alternative is unthinkable.

–Edith Grossman, translator of Don Quixote, author of Why Translation Matters


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