Sunday Classics: Al Khansa, the ‘Greatest Among Those with Breasts’ (& Testicles, Too)

Yet the thing that translates so easily about al-Khansa is her self-belief. It is quite easy for any of us in 2020 to imagine a woman poet being praised in such a meager way, “Not bad for someone with boobs.” And responding with a sharp-tongued jab at a man’s nether regions.

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On Translation

‘Loss Sings’: Translating Grief

“Experienced translators know that for literary translations to be possible they must decide what they are prepared to leave out as much as what they have to retain…literary translation is thus more akin to trauma than it is to memory.”

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