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A Translator Walks into a Bar with Jessica Cohen

April 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0

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.


Jessica Cohen translates contemporary Israeli prose and poetry. She has translated some of Israel’s finest writers, including David Grossman, Etgar Keret, Assaf Gavron, Rutu Modan, Amir Gutfreund, Yael Hedaya, Ronit Matalon and Tom Segev, as well as with prominent screenwriters such as Ari Folman and Ron Leshem.


April 19, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
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Center for the Art of Translation
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Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis St.
San Francisco, CA 94115 United States
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(415) 567-3327
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