Believe it or not, everything happening around you (or directly to you) has an impact on your life in some way. I mean everything, from those afternoons you spent playing in the park when you were little to the episodes of The Simpsons you watch after you have finished dinner. Have you ever thought about the history behind many of your favourite books, films or series? Or even been aware that many are foreign and some of the most famous have been translated by great women? We want to take advantage of the upcoming 8 March, International Women’s Day, to tell you about some great professional English translators who will undoubtedly have had an impact on your life.

Five women who have played a part in your favourite books

1. Edith Grossman

Known for her masterful translation of Miguel de Cervantes’ “Don Quixote, Edith Grossman has left an indelible mark on the world of literary translation. Her ability to capture the essence and style of the original work has made her an iconic figure in the translation of Hispanic literature into English.

2. Lydia Davis

Known for her accuracy and ability to convey the subtlety of literary texts, Lydia Davis has produced outstanding translations from French to English. Her translations of works by authors such as Marcel Proust and Gustave Flaubert have established her as one of the leading contemporary translators of French literature.

3. Margaret Sayers Peden

Specialising in Hispanic literature, Margaret Sayers Peden has been a leading figure in the translation of works by Spanish-speaking authors into English. Her contribution to the dissemination of Latin American literature in the English-speaking world is invaluable, with translations of the works of authors such as Isabel Allende and Gabriel García Márquez.

4. Charlotte Mandell

With extensive experience translating French literature into English, Charlotte Mandell has been praised for her ability to capture the unique voice and style of French authors. Her translations of contemporary works have given English-speaking readers the chance to enjoy a wide range of literary works.

5. Anthea Bell

Recognised for her versatility and mastery of translation, Anthea Bell has left a lasting legacy in the world of translation from German and French to English. Her collaboration with the German author Cornelia Funke on the Inkheartseries of books led to her gaining international recognition for her ability to convey the magic of storytelling across different languages.

These women English translators have not only played a pivotal role in spreading literature and culture across language barriers, but have also inspired future generations of female translators to follow in their footsteps. Their dedication and skill have left an indelible mark on the world of translation, demonstrating that talent knows no gender boundaries.

Rocío González

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