A Translation of a Translation

I have to admit that I was surprised to see this info line in today’s PW fiction review section:

The Howling Miller Arto Paasilinna, trans. from the Finnish into French by Anne Colin du Terrail; trans. from the French by Will Hobson. Canongate, $14 paper (288p) ISBN 978-1-84767-181-3

One would think that with the existence of FILI (which is putting on a seminar for young translators later this month) and the number of Finnish books being translated into English these days—well, OK, the handful of Finnish books being translated—that Canongate would’ve found a Finnish-English translator to work on this project . . .

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