Note: “Reading in Tongues” is a very occasional feature on the experience of reading in a foreign language.
The longlist for the Best Translated Book Award was announced today, and I was pleased to see Seven Years by Peter Stamm—which I’d just read at a sloth-like crawl in the German—among the contenders. I’d been curious about [...]
It is a sad fact of studying languages that they are subject to rust. Without active effort, it’s really only possible to get worse. If I think about this too hard, or at all, I’m prone to get either sad or overzealous. It’s the latter reaction, thankfully, that has produced this post. “Reading in Tongues” [...]