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Expo 2015 – Proving once again, when it comes to translation, that you get what you pay for …

The German daily, FAZ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), dedicated the April 11, 2015 issue of its Saturday Magazin to the Milan Expo 2015. Among the articles in the issue was an interview with Tim Parks, author, memoirist, translator (of Tabucchi, Calvino, … Continue reading

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The Copyright Rustling Petition: What’s Your Excuse?

In the four weeks since No Peanuts! launched its campaign to raise awareness about the alarming number of translators who lose their copyrights to English-language translation publishers, those who refuse to sign the Copyright Rustling petition or support the campaign … Continue reading

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PEN Translation Committee Redefines the Verb “Advocate” to Mean “Sell Down the River”

The PEN American Center’s Translation Committee has just released its updated list of Publishers of Works in Translation, boasting that there are now 220 names on the list. 220 entries in updated list of translation publishers brought to you by @PENamerican #Translation Committee (was … Continue reading

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La Cortesia “Scatenata” di Annalena Benini / Annalena Benini’s “Unbound” Courtesy

********************************* UPDATE! On the evening of 27 February, Italian time, the editors of Minima & Moralia wrote No Peanuts! to say they had corrected their previous oversight and included the name of the translator in Annalena Bernini’s essay/review of the Italian … Continue reading

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When You Work for Mega Translation Agencies, Here’s Where All the Money Goes That They’re Not Paying You

Last May, No Peanuts! reported on the $3,600-a-month, Upper East Side apartment inhabited by Kelly Marek, a global account director for TransPerfect, the U.S.-based mega, mega-greedy, and mega-cheap-with-translators translation agency. At the time we remarked that Marek had to be earning something … Continue reading

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Kelly Marek & TransPerfect – Who are you calling a One-Percenter?

So the New York Times, bringing to public attention the harrowing saga of “serial renters” in the Big Apple, dropped this intriguing item in its Real Estate section last March 28: Kelly Marek, 30 … a global account director for TransPerfect, a … Continue reading

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Agreement Between the German Translators’ Association and Publishers

[Translated from the press release issued by the Italian Editorial Translators’ Union, STradE; read it in Italian here.] ___________________________________________ On April 1, 2014, the German association of literary translators, the VdÜ (Verband deutschsprachiger Übersetzer literarischer und wissenschaftlicher Werke), and a group … Continue reading

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Workers, All

You don’t have to be a communist. You don’t have to be a socialist. You don’t have to be a radical. You don’t have to be an activist. You don’t have to be a Democrat. You don’t have to be … Continue reading

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Your Daily Giggle (Sponsored by Milan: Expo 2015)

One of the many fundamental milestone along the way to translating from Italian to English is understanding when you should use plural and when the singulars is appropriate. It’s the kind of mistakes a translators doesn’t make when he grew … Continue reading

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Expo 2015 in Milan – La gioia di stare al ribasso! [in English]

Expo 2015 arrives in Milan, Italy in late 2015, another fabulous opportunity for Italy to show off its very best for an international audience! So why do we already think it’s going to be a flop? In part because the … Continue reading

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