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It takes one language to write a book; it takes many to share it with the world.

How exactly does the process of translation work? Romy Hausmann, debut German author of the thriller novel Dear Child, and Jamie Bulloch, German-to-English translator of Dear Child, discuss with Julie and Eve how the author and translator communicate (if at all) during the translation process; why conveying character voice and the natural rhythms of language are so crucial; and what it feels like when the translator becomes just as invested in a book as its author. As an added bonus, Romy chimes in with a few questions of her own for Jamie!

Dear Child

“[A] tantalizingly disturbing debut…As enthralling as it is thought-provoking.” -New York Times Book Review

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