LIT&LUNCH: Alison Anderson on JMG Le Clézio and Muriel Barbery

Where: 111 Minna St (Minna @ 2nd), San Francisco, CA

Literary translation is often a job with little renown and few financial rewards, but translator Alison Anderson managed to strike it big twice in 2008: the French author JMG Le Clézio, whose novels Anderson has translated, received the Nobel Prize for literature, and Muriel Barbery’s novel Elegance of the Hedgehog became a national bestseller. Anderson talks about the pleasures and the pains of becoming a hot commodity and the books behind these literary celebrities.

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