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Alison Anderson spent many years in California; she now lives in a Swiss village and works as a literary translator. Her translations include Europa Editions’ The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, and works by Nobel laureate J. M. G. Le Clézio. She has also written two previous novels and is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literary Translation Fellowship. She has lived in Greece and Croatia, and speaks several European languages, including Russian.

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Alison Anderson Hello, Chelsea - I studied in Geneva too, a long time ago. And long after graduating from there I found a book I was really interested in translating…moreHello, Chelsea - I studied in Geneva too, a long time ago. And long after graduating from there I found a book I was really interested in translating (not a bestseller or well-known author), did a sample chapter, and then contacted a publisher to see if they would be interested in publishing it. Luckily, they were! So in the beginning it's a matter of contacting publishers with really savvy pitch letters, a good sample and synopsis, and a good resume. It took me a long time, over ten years, until I found a publisher who then began contacting me with regular commissions, rather than the other way around, so it's really a matter of patience and perseverance and not packing in the day job. It's not so much that it's hard to break into, but more a question of really perfecting your skills and then finding the right publisher, so it requires time... Read a lot in the source language too, to look for great projects. Also, nowadays there are great seminars and conferences to attend, where you can meet publishers and learn about the market (London Book Fair, British Centre for Literary Translation). Hope this helps and best of luck!(less)
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When I travel, I like to be a flâneuse, to walk and wander somewhat aimlessly, to soak in the atmosphere, sit in cafés on squares and observe both the tourists and the locals, and let things happen; not for me vigorous hikes or organized tours or even the audio headsets. So I generally travel alone, as this aimlessness is deeply frustrating to others who prefer a planned agenda, with lists...

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