It’s Women in Translation Month and who better to represent it than an 83-year old author of a novel entitled The Sixty-Year-Old Woman And The Young Man? And to top it off, this excerpt, pulled out of the B O D Y archives for the occasion in a translation from the Romanian by Floran Bican, from a novel that has been translated into German, Spanish and Italian has yet to be translated into English.
This, you see, is one of the purposes of this month. The women part is important but don’t forget about the translation. After all, her womanhood is available to all of us regardless of language (I mean that strictly in the universal sense) but unless you can read Romanian or one of the abovementioned languages this novel is an inaccessible fortress. So it would be nice to get a publisher to bring it out. And sooner rather than later. She’s 83.