Adam Foulds and Sheila Heti Multiples
Sheila Heti, Adam Foulds
Chair: Laura Barber
Two young novelists discuss an extraordinary literary relay game in which dozens of writers have a go at translation, the thread of a story passing from culture to culture with often surprising twists and turns. With an impressive diversity of authors and languages including Urdu, Icelandic and Japanese, Multiples is a uniquely kaleidoscopic experiment in translation.
Sheila Heti is author of five books, most recently the novel How Should a Person Be? which was a New York Times Notable Book and nominated for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. She lives in Toronto and writes regularly for The London Review of Books, n+1, and Harper’s among others. She is Interviews Editor at The Believer magazine.
Adam Foulds is a poet and novelist from London. He has been the recipient of a number of literary awards, including the Sunday Times Young Writer Of The Year. His last novel, The Quickening Maze, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Foulds is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His new novel, In The Wolf’s Mouth, is published in February 2014.
Laura Barber is the Editorial Director for Granta Books and Portobello Books, where she commissions translations for both imprints. Her international authors include the Man Booker International nominee Peter Stamm, and the Man Asia shortlisted Hiromi Kawakami, as well as Valeria Luiselli, Jenny Erpenbeck, Agnès Desarthe, David Trueba, and Etgar Keret.
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