333 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017
Since 1989, Jay Rubin has translated many of Haruki Murakami’s most successful and prize-winning novels, including The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Norwegian Wood and 1Q84. In this program, he is joined by Ted Goossen, translator of Murakami’s most recent U.S. publications. They will discuss the unique…
Since 1989, Jay Rubin has translated many of Haruki Murakami’s most successful and prize-winning novels, including The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Norwegian Wood and 1Q84. In this program, he is joined by Ted Goossen, translator of Murakami’s most recent U.S. publications. They will discuss the unique challenges of translating modern Japanese literary works into American English, and vice versa. Rubin will also talk about his transition from translator to novelist vis-à-vis his debut novel The Sun Gods. Joining the discussion from Tokyo will be authors Aoko Matsuda and Satoshi Kitamura, and Motoyuki Shibata, friend and translating partner of Murakami, former University of Tokyo professor, and the Japanese translator of such American literary luminaries as Paul Auster and Thomas Pynchon. Author Roland Kelts, co-editor of Monkey Business, moderates the discussion.
Followed by a reception.
The Thief brings to mind Highsmith, Mishima and Doestoevsky... [it is] a chilling philosophical thriller leaving readers in doubt without making them feel in any way cheated. —The Wall Street Journal
In celebration of Fuminori Nakamura's (中村文則) nomination for the 2013 LATimes Book Prize for his existential thriller The Thief (邦題: 掏摸[スリ]), Japan Society hosts a special interactive Author Luncheon during which the audience can participate in a dialogue with the author. Nakamura will be interviewed by Allison Markin Powell, translator of The Briefcaseby Hiromi Kawakami, which was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize. In 2002, Nakamura won the prestigious Noma Literary Prize for New Writers (野間文芸新人賞) for his first novel, A Gun, and in 2005 he was awarded the Akutagawa Prize (芥川賞) for The Boy in the Earth. The Thief, his first novel to be published in English, won the 2010 Oe Prize (大江健三郎賞), Japan's most important literary award.
The first 50 attendees to arrive at this event will receive a free advance copy of Evil and the Mask, Nakamura's second novel to be published in English, which will be released in June 2013.
*registration starts at 12pm
$25/$20 Japan Society members, seniors & students
ticket price includes lunch and wine