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The Sebald Lecture 2021: Jhumpa Lahiri In Praise of Echo
Wed 2 Jun 2021 to Wed 2 Jun 2021
This year’s Sebald Lecture on literary translation is given by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jhumpa Lahiri. Presented by the British Centre for Literary Translation in association with the National Centre for Writing and the British Library.

Considering metamorphosis as a kind of translation, Lahiri reflects on the myth of Echo and Narcissus in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and what it teaches us about identity, originality and finding a voice.

She discusses her own transformations from novelist to translator, from a writer of English to a writer of Italian and emphasises the value of translation to any literary writer.

Jhumpa Lahiri won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2000 and many other awards for her debut short story collection The Interpreter of Maladies. Since then she has published in English a further story collection (Unaccustomed Earth, 2008) and two novels: The Namesake (2003) and The Lowland (2013, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize). In 2012 she immersed herself in the Italian language and moved to Italy, documenting the process in her Italian-language memoir In altre parole (translated by Ann Goldstein as In Other Words, 2016). Jhumpa Lahiri is Professor of Creative Writing at Princeton University, and divides her time between Princeton and Rome.

The Sebald Lecture is given annually on an aspect of literature in translation and is named after W.G. Sebald who set up the British Centre for Literary Translation in 1989. 

Date: Wednesday 2 June 2021, 4 - 5.30pm BST
Location: Online
Cost: Free but booking is required.

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