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by Mikhail Bulgakov
Women who write popular books are given a raw deal out of the critical gates, judged on criteria that similarly popular male authors never face. How much had I unconsciously absorbed that bias?
It's the kind of risky ambitious storytelling that writers of my generation are often too scared to try.
The novel takes us places we don’t want to go, but does so with a humane insistence we find impossible to resist.
There is at least as much intuition as intention in the process. A good translator has to follow that process far more consciously than the writer and yet come as close as possible in the new language to the instinctive "rightness" of the original. The greater the writer, the closer you want to come. That is both the challenge and the joy of it.