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In this latest addition to the series of interviews on our sister website Litera, Tim Wilkinson looks back on his career as a literary translator while also discussing his personal dreams and revealing which works have offered the greatest challenges, yet still proved to be the most rewarding.
As you have had, patres et fratres,
ample occasion to hear the legends of St Anthony the Hermit, of Egypt,
it is high time you heard, for a change, the golden truth about him, and
not just the usual golden-legend stuff.
Is it possible, I ask myself, to somehow follow the life or the soul of a
nation through this one tiny expression? - The musings of a translator
of Hungarian literature a propos of the reappearance of an old
expression of greeting.