“Publishing books in translation is important because of the narrative, aesthetic, conceptual, philosophic, and cultural richness they present. Books created in different languages and cultures often pose more open-ended questions than US books, which tend to offer answers and resolution. Books created by people formed within the crucible of other languages offer different understandings of family, community, economy, life, death, happiness, sorrow, and so on.
In Spanish-language cultures and Scandinavian cultures, for example, there is a tendency to publish “darker” picture books, meaning ones that are more honest and open about the relationship between sadness and happiness, life and death, and how all of that connects to a sense of meaning and purpose. So, books in translation give children a global literature and a bigger frame for thinking about the world and our place in it. We don’t think adults deserve only a national literature. Why should we think that children aren’t also nourished by a global literature?” 💫
In the days remaining of #WorldKidLitMonth , we’re eager to share some recent interviews with you, that expand on Enchanted Lion’s loving commitment to the art of translation. This quote is from a recent interview with ELB publisher, editor, and art director, Claudia Bedrick. 💛 Link in our Stories for the full interview, in which Claudia reflects on the creative spirit, the stories and voices that thrive on the margins, and the challenges and rewards of being an indie publisher. Thank you to Nancy Bo Flood of Bookology Magazine for the great conversation, and stay tuned in the days to come for more translation insights!
Art from CRY, HEART, BUT NEVER BREAK (translated from Danish by Robert Moulthrop), SEVEN PABLOS (translated from Spanish by Mara Faye Lethem),
MY LITTLE SMALL (translated from Swedish by Annie Prime), forthcoming THE MOST BEAUTIFUL STORY (translated from Norwegian by Kari Dickson), and MALLKO AND DAD (translated from Spanish by Mara Faye Lethem)
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