Jennifer Croft discussed her book Homesick, particularly her decision to write it in Spanish first, and then to start writing a version in English, and how the versions differ. This short talk was followed by a discussion with Kasia Szymanska on translation, Olga Tokarczuk, and other topics. The event ended with Jennifer Croft reading extracts from Homesick, and a short Q&A with the audience. Lunch was provided.
Jennifer Croft is the author of Homesick and Serpientes y escaleras and the co-winner with Nobel Laureate Olga Tokarczuk of The International Booker for the novel Flights. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literary Studies from Northwestern University and an MFA in Literary Translation from the University of Iowa, and her recent writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The New York Review of Books, The Los Angeles Review of Books and Granta.
Kasia Szymanska is Thomas Brown Assistant Professor in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies at Trinity College Dublin. She was previously a Junior Research Fellow in Modern Languages at the University of Oxford, where she also acted as co-convenor of the OCCT.