MARGARET JULL COSTA: rare u.s. appearance

Monday, August 13th 2012

The Center for the Art of Translation will present a rare opportunity to see legendary translator Margaret Jull Costa discuss her work with Nobel laureate José Saramago at the Book Club of California. Wine and Speakeasy Ales and Lagers have been donated for this event, which is only $10. Tickets can be purchased here at Brown Paper Tickets.

I spoke briefly with Scott Esposito, who says this is the first time he’s heard of Costa coming to the Bay Area since he’s lived here in 1997. He had the following to say:

The main things vis a vis Margaret is that she’s really one of the great translators of our time. This is her 25th year in the biz. Few translators last that long, and she’s really working at a very high level, a direct result of her years of dedication to the craft. Her translations of Saramago, Marias, and Antunes are amazing, and those are three of the hardest-to-translate authors in international literature at the moment. She’s someone who really puts the “art” in the art of translation.

She’ll be talking about what makes Saramago’s prose so distinctive, plus about his unique blend of a very Portuguese understanding of politics and good old story and character development.

Book Club of California
312 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tickets for sale at Brown Paper Tickets