Eliza Marciniak is longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize for her translation of Wioletta Greg’s Swallowing Mercury.
Words Without Borders (WWB): What drew you to the work of your writer?
Eliza Marciniak: I loved the unsentimental, matter-of-fact and yet highly poetic way in which Wioletta Greg describes childhood and adolescence in Swallowing Mercury—and how what emerges out of this very specific, meticulously described world is...
Writing was developed independently in Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, and among the Maya in Central America. There are some areas where the question as to whether writing was adopted or independently developed is in doubt, as at Easter Island.