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A Translator Walks into a Bar with Jessica Cohen
April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Translator Jessica Cohen will discuss the joys and challenges of rendering the work of some of the finest Israeli writers into English. Translators are bridge-builders between different languages and cultures, and the bridge between Hebrew and English can be particularly difficult. Cohen will consider different ways of contextualizing Israeli cultural references for English-language readers, and the particular difficulties posed by jokes and humor. She will focus especially on David Grossman’s award-winning A Horse Walks into a Bar, which employs humor (often of the dark variety) more to unsettle than to entertain.
Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.
Co-presented with the Jewish Community Library and the Consulate General of Israel.