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How We Made: Signs Preceding the End of the World

Posted on 14th September 2021 by Mark Skinner

From 'untranslatable' to award-winning translation.

The rich mythology and linguistic skills on display in Yuri Herrera's Signs Preceding The End Of The World had been thought by some to make it untranslatable but in this episode we hear from the author about the mythical basis for this modern tale of border crossing, from translator Lisa Dillman about meeting the challenges of bringing the Spanish text to an English readership, from cultural critic and commentator Maya Jaggi about what makes the book so special and from publisher Stefan Tobler about why translating fiction is so important to And Other Stories as they celebrate their 10th birthday.

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From one of Mexico’s most innovative writers comes a story of life-changing journeys and uncertain futures as a young woman makes the perilous border crossing from Mexico to the United States with two vitally important messages in her possession.
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Deftly blending the hard-boiled grit of contemporary Mexico with a timeless aura of myth and magic, this trio of evocative novels from the singular voice of Yuri Herrera is a treat for all fans of translated fiction.
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