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Not Enough Translation

Today’s Los Angeles Times reports (based on AP) that Horace Engdahl, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, has put a damper on the hopes of American writers in advance of next week’s announcement of the Nobel Price in Literature.

The U.S. is too isolated, too insular. They don’t translate enough and don’t really participate in the big dialogue of literature … That ignorance is restraining.

(Emphasis is mine.)

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