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How We Are Translated: a novel
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How We Are Translated: a novel (Hardback)

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People say ‘I’m sorry’ all the time when it can mean both ‘I’m sorry I hurt you’ and ‘I’m sorry someone else did something I have nothing to do with’. It’s like the English language gave up on trying to find a word for sympathy which wasn’t also the word for guilt.


Swedish immigrant Kristin won’t talk about the Project growing inside her. Her Brazilian-born Scottish boyfriend Ciaran won’t speak English at all; he is trying to immerse himself in a Swedish språkbad / language bath, to prepare for their future, whatever the fick that means. Their Edinburgh flat is starting to feel very small.


As this young couple is forced to confront the thing that they are both avoiding, they must reckon with the bigger questions of the world outside, and their places in it.


How We Are Translated gets at the heart of how language holds us, tears at us, and can bring us close in spite of, or because of, its inevitable imperfections.



Fiction & PoetryFiction in translationFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Scribe Publications Publication Date: 11/02/2021 ISBN-13: 9781913348069  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Jessica Gaitan Johannesson grew up speaking Spanish and Swedish and currently lives primarily in English. She's a bookseller and an activist working for climate justice and lives in Bath, England. How We Are Translated is her first novel.

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