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Letters: Access to foreign text, in news, literature, the sciences and in all the other disciplines that this country has depended on for its own advancement, does not happen by magic

Your three-page review of the six-volumes of the Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard (Review, 8 March) made no mention of Don Bartlett, the translator who has painstakingly made it possible for your readers to have access to the text, and for your reviewer to write about it, with comments about content and style which he might consider nuancing by thinking through the implications of cross-linguistic and cross-cultural transfer. There are plenty of sources to refer to. You should make the public aware that access to foreign text, in everyday news, in literature, in the sciences and in all the other disciplines that this country has depended on for its own advancement, does not happen by magic. No translation, then no foreign literature, news, or anything from other languages and cultures. Some might think it for the better; most I hope would think it for the worse.
Marie-Noelle Guillot
University of East Anglia

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