This Little Art

Kate Briggs

£12.99

Ollie says: 

The most rewarding non-fiction reads of the last few years have all arguably been those which defy easy categorisation, and Kate Briggs’ genre-bending ode to literary translation comfortably resides amongst the best of them (perhaps most notably alongside Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts, with which it shares a direct dialogue). Pushing off from Briggs’ work translating the late lectures of Roland Barthes, This Little Art luminously reveals the experience and history of the translator in literature via Helen Lowe-Porter’s translations of Thomas Mann, and André Gide’s decades-long correspondence with his translator Dorothy Bussy. An essay, a monograph, a memoir, and yet also something greater than any one of these candidates, This Little Art vibrantly illuminates what it means to translate, to write, and to read.

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An essay with the reach and momentum of a novel, Kate Briggs’s This Little Art is a genre-bending song for the practice of literary translation, offering fresh, fierce and timely thinking on reading, writing and living with the works of others. Taking her own experience of translating Roland Barthes’s lecture notes as a starting point, the author threads various stories together to give us this portrait of translation as a compelling, complex and intensely relational activity. She recounts the story of Helen Lowe-Porter’s translations of Thomas Mann, and their posthumous vilification. She writes about the loving relationship between André Gide and his translator Dorothy Bussy. She recalls how Robinson Crusoe laboriously made a table, for him for the first time, on an undeserted island. With This Little Art, a beautifully layered account of a subjective translating experience, Kate Briggs emerges as a truly remarkable writer: distinctive, wise, frank, funny and utterly original.

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Weight0.392 kg
Dimensions19.7 × 12.5 × 2.3 cm
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