Megan McDowell is longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize for her translation of Samanta Schweblin’s Fever Dream.
Words Without Borders (WWB): What drew you to the work of your writer?
Megan McDowell: Luck. I was offered the chance to translate the book by Laura Perciasepe at Riverhead. I sat down to read it and it eclipsed everything else; I read it straight through at the expense of everything else I was supposed to be doing. The feeling of being...
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