Howard Goldblatt's life in translation

The premier English-language translator of Nobel-winning Chinese fiction lives (for now) in South Bend, Indiana. His mind is someplace else entirely. 

If Howard Goldblatt is doing his job well, no one realizes that he's doing it at all. This is because his job is translation, which, if done correctly, is invisible—with all the characters, plot points, descriptions, and, most challengingly, the jokes reading as seamlessly as though they'd been originally created in English.

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