Martin Aitken

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“I was thinking about a whole load of names, the likes of Hamsun, Dostoevsky, Kafka...authors whose writing would be completely unfamiliar to us if it weren’t for the transformative, transcendental power of translation.” Martin Aitken—who has translated numerous Scandinavian authors including Helle Helle, Josefine Klougart, Karl Ove Knausgaard, and Dorthe Nors—accepts the 2019 PEN Translation Prize for his translation from the Norwegian of Hanne Ørstavik’s novel Love (Archipelago Books, 2018).

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Dorthe Nors

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“It's a fun process—I really enjoy it, because it’s nerdy but it’s also very creative.” In this interview, Dorthe Nors talks to Ali Millar about the experience of working in collaboration with translators for her short story collection, Karate Chop, translated from the Danish by Martin Aitken, and her novella Minna Needs Rehearsal Space, translated from the Danish by Misha Hoekstra, which were released together in an edition by Pushkin Press in 2015.

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