Steven Lenton proves that not all pink books are dumb and that not all fairy tales are the same. With Princess Daisy and the Dragon and the Nincompoop Knights we discover that intelligence and grit are far better values than strength and brutality.
The project continues and this time I’m travelling – so to speak – to the beautiful Slovenia with the wonderful book Antonov Cirkus (roughly translated as “Anthony Circus”) by Peter Svetina, a story of creativity, imagination and friendship.
I had been looking for a Polish book for my Project Translating the World for a long, long time. There’s a lot of pressure since it’s the book from the country I live in, and Polish is the language I’m translating for all the time, so I wanted it to be special. But when I found W pogoni za życiem by Przemysław Wechterowicz (and illustration by Emilia Dziubak) I knew I had found the winner.
Daniel Napp delights us with the funny story of Dr. Brumm, a very friendly bear who struggles with human technology. In Dr. Brumm versteht das nicht our main character tries to figure out why his TV stopped working in the middle of the match, and he won’t stop until he gets a clear answer.
Yet another book added to my beautiful collection of books from every country in the world. The translation of this book has proved a challenging one – it’s written entirely in verse! The wonderful Réka Király delights us with this philosophical story that tries to answer one of the hardest questions of all: What does “tomorrow” mean? Pieni suuri tarina huomisesta is a poetical metaphor of time and conciousness.
The second book that I have translated is also a trascendental one. I am moved by books with emotions, books that talk to me and make me think about them after I have finished them. This one is a powerful book – its name: Wat zou jij doen? (roughly translated:”What would you do?”) by Guido van Genechten.
And so the project begins!
My first translation for this project is a Swedish book.
I found it one day when I was checking my local bookstore. I don’t know what caught my attention first, maybe the cover, maybe the title. I opened it and absolutely adored the illustrations and the theme. Then, when I was back at home and had the chance to read it, I was glad that I chose it for I found an awesome book with a beautiful story.