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Sebald Lecture 2020

The Sebald Lecture 2020

The 2020 W.G. Sebald Lecture was given by David Bellos on Monday 29th June 2020

In partnership with the British Library and the National Centre for Writing, the 2020 BCLT Sebald Lecture took place ONLINE on Monday 29th June 2020, 4pm (British Summer Time) 

“The Myths and Mysteries of Literary Translation”

David Bellos


The 2020 Sebald Lecture in Literary Translation was given online by David Bellos. Professor Bellos teaches French and Comparative Literature at Princeton University, where he also directs the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication. A prize-winning translator of works by Georges Perec, Ismail Kadare and others, he has written an acclaimed introduction to translation, Is That A Fish in Your Ear? The Amazing Adventure of Translation (Penguin, 2012). His biography of Perec won the Prix Goncourt de la biographie in 1994, and his latest book is a study of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, Les Misérables.