August Staff Picks: Crossing Borders: Literature in Translation

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"Spanning nine languages and twelve countries, Crossing Borders: Literature in Translation includes titles that range from a volume of French poetry first published in 1857, to a wildly acclaimed novel by a young, contemporary, Mexican author. With my background in literature and my interest in foreign culture and languages, I wanted to showcase an international theme that centers on a variety of fictional work in translation.

Many common threads connect these writers and their work, however I tried to incorporate as much diversity as possible in location, period and genre. Some have a historical and political background, touching on issues such as the Iranian Revolution or the Holocaust and the respective lingering effects on their epicenter and throughout the world. Other texts are renowned for their stylistic influences. Some are stories primarily geared toward entertainment value. Yet, all are in many ways a product of the context and culture they come from.

Today the world seems smaller and more accessible than ever, yet simultaneously a contentious and fragmented political climate continues to enact boundaries which undo this progress. My hope with this collection is to spread some cultural interest and insight through literature which highlights universal things that tie us together--art, the importance of community and the journey of self-discovery."

-- Curator's Statement

Clara Ruiz is a Library Services Associate who is currently doing a Masters in Library Science at Queens College.

Staff Picks is curated each month by the Gottesman Libraries' staff to highlight resources on educational topics and themes of special interest.


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