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Episode 30: Tove Jansson, The True Deceiver

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This Finnish novel won the 2011 Best Translated Book award, and our special guest this week, Matt Jakubowski, was one of the prize’s judges and a strong advocate for the book. We talk to Matt about his work as a frequent reviewer of translations, as well as the art of translating more generally. He also helps us navigate The True Deceiver’s spare, mysterious, Nordic world.


Talking points include: snow, Nordicness, the anger of quiet people, gender disparities in translation, rabbits, and Mitt Romney. Plus, make sure to stay tuned for our final segment, during which Mike has a few choice words about Tom’s recommendation, in episode 29, of a fancy grilled cheese sandwich.

As always, you can stream the episode by clicking on the little player thingy below, or download the mp3 file. Or check us out in iTunes, where you can download back episodes and subscribe so you never miss a new one. Also, please support our sponsor, Powell’s Books, a great indie bookstore in Portland that also sells tons of new and used books online. If you click through on any of the Powell’s links on our site, a portion of any money you spend will come back to us. Win win!

If you have feedback on the show, feel free to leave a comment here, or you can send us an email. We always appreciate hearing from listeners, as it makes us feel less like we’re doing the show in a vacuum.

Thanks for listening!


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Author: mikeingram25

writer, editor

One thought on “Episode 30: Tove Jansson, The True Deceiver

  1. Pingback: How to be a weird loner on your flight to AWP | Book Fight!

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