Translator of Suzanne, defended by Yanic Truesdale
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About Rhonda Mullins
Rhonda Mullins is a writer and translator living in Montreal. She won the 2015 Governor General's Literary Award for French-to-English translation for Jocelyne Saucier's Twenty-One Cardinals. And the Birds Rained Down — her translation of Saucier's Il pleuvait des oiseaux — was defended on Canada Reads 2015 by Martha Wainwright and was shortlisted for a Governor General's Literary Award, as were Mullins's translations of Louis Carmain's Guano, Élise Turcotte's Guyana, Hervé Fischer's The Decline of the Hollywood Empire and Julie Demers's Little Beast.
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- The finalists for the 2018 Governor General's Literary Award for translation
- Why translating the novel Suzanne by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette was an emotional process for Rhonda Mullins
- Rhonda Mullins on why being a literary translator can be both challenging and fulfilling
"I'm lucky enough to work with authors who are generous with their time or enthusiastic about translation... But I do go through an entire draft where I'm just working with the text itself. And you get worried about whether you're missing humour or irony, or inserting those things where they don't exist. So it is about a very close reading of the book, which comes very naturally because I read books for pleasure, obviously.
You get worried about whether you're missing humour or irony, or inserting those things where they don't exist. So it's about a very close reading of the book... and you start to inhabit the author's world a little bit. - Rhonda Mullins
"But when you translate, you're pulling apart sentences and putting them back together so it becomes this very intimate reading [and] that's a challenge, but you start to inhabit the author's world a little bit. And then of course I have access to them to clarify whenever I need to."
- Read an excerpt from Suzanne
- Why Yanic Truesdale is championing Suzanne by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette on Canada Reads