The Millions

Best Translated Book Awards Spotlight: The Millions Interviews Laura Cesarco Eglin

Laura Cesarco Eglin’s fantastic translation of Hilda Hilst’s Of Death. Minimal Odes won this year’s Best Translated Book Award in poetry. A week after the prize was announced, Englin and I corresponded about the depth of Hilst’s work and the process of translating Of Death.

The Millions: First of all, congratulations. It was such a pleasure to read and discuss your translation with the other judges this year. How did you first begin to read Hilst’s work? Do you have other favorite books of hers?

I became acquainted with Hilda Hilst more than seven years ago when a professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where I was because the Hebrew word in the title caught my attention. Whenever I read a book by Hilst it becomes my favorite book. Her work is profound, and it requires commitment and thought. Therefore, after choosing to include Hilst’s poetry in my doctoral dissertation, I soon realized that in order to fully engage with her work, reading would not be enough. I needed another way to go deeper into her work. I decided to translate her poetry as a way to live with her poems and ideas. That is: translation as reading, translation as re-reading, translation as inquiry, translation as interpretation, and translation as conversation.

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

Related Interests

More from The Millions

The Millions3 min read
Love Your Bookstore: Books Are Magic
Just a few days from the 2019 Love Your Bookstore Challenge, Brooklyn's Books Are Magic crew weigh in with staff picks and must-read titles. The post Love Your Bookstore: Books Are Magic appeared first on The Millions.
The Millions6 min read
A Truth Accuracy Could Never Achieve: The Millions Interviews M. Randal O’Wain
This trauma told me stories of who I was in relation to home and the men who raised me. These memories were so horribly fucking bright I couldn’t turn away. The post A Truth Accuracy Could Never Achieve: The Millions Interviews M. Randal O’Wain appea
The Millions2 min read
The Millions Top Ten: October 2019
In October 2019's Millions Top Ten, Ben Lerner's The Topeka School makes its way to the list. See which titles remained and which almost made it. The post The Millions Top Ten: October 2019 appeared first on The Millions.