The Translator by Nina Schuyler
A Novel

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Long on plot but short on story, this is chick lit for sophisticates.
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“Schuyler writes with piercing intelligence and real insight into the complex worlds of literary translation and human relationships.” —Ellen Sussman, author of the New York Times bestselling novel French Lessons When renowned translator Hanne Schubert falls down a flight of stairs, she suffers from an unusual but real condition—the loss of her native language. Speaking only Japanese, a language learned later in life, she leaves for Japan. There, to Hanne’s shock, the Japanese novelist whose work she recently translated confronts her publicly for sabotaging his work. Reeling, Hanne seeks out the inspiration for the author’s novel—a tortured, chimerical actor, once a master in the art of Noh theater. Through their passionate, volatile relationship, Hanne is forced to reexamine how she has lived her life, including her estranged relationship with her daughter. In elegant and understated prose, Nina Schuyler offers a deeply moving and mesmerizing story about language, love, and the transcendence of family.
 

About Nina Schuyler

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Nina Schuyler 's first novel, The Painting , was nominated for theNorthern California Book Award, and named a "Best Book of the Year" by the San Francisco Chronicle and Rocky Mountain News . She was nominatedfor a 2010 Pushcart Prize and teaches creative writing at the University of SanFrancisco.
 
Published July 2, 2013 by Pegasus Books. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Above average
on Mar 14 2013

Long on plot but short on story, this is chick lit for sophisticates.

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Good
on May 13 2013

But her journey begins to reveal truths about her past and the insidious ways in which it has wound its way into her day job. Solid prose and intriguing characters drive this complex tale of love, loss, and forgiveness.

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