Wherever I Lie Is Your Bed
Publication Date: November 2009
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“On rare occasions, a book can have a visceral impact on a readers, and that's the case with Wherever I Lie Is Your Bed, a beautiful anthology of world literature in translation. Every translation in this volume is a gem, every piece its own little bit of light on a culture and a language.”
-- Cathy Langer, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO
Wherever I Lie Is Your Bed, the latest volume in the Two Lines World Writing in Translation series, collects the poetry and fiction of 30 authors, giving pause to the vulnerability of borders and transposed sense of place that contemporary writers the world over feel. A special section on Palestinian poetry selected by Marilyn Hacker pays tribute to the late Mahmoud Darwish with Fady Joudah's award-winning translations. Also included are works from Syria, Cuba, Denmark, and many other countries and languages.
About the AuthorJavier Marias is an award-winning Spanish novelist. He is also a translator and columnist, as well as the current king of Redonda. He was born in Madrid in 1951 and published his first novel at the age of nineteen. He has held academic posts in Spain, the US (he was a visiting professor at Wellesley College) and Britain, as a lecturer in Spanish Literature at Oxford University. He has been translated into 34 languages, and more than six million copies of his books have been sold worldwide. In 1997 he won the Nelly Sachs Award; the Comunidad de Madrid award in 1998; in 2000 the Grinzane Cavour Award, the Alberto Moravia Prize, and the Dublin IMPAC Award. He also won the Spanish National Translation Award in 1979 for his translation of Tristram Shandy in 1979. He was a professor at Oxford University and the Complutense of Madrid. He currently lives in Madrid.
Marilyn Hacker is the recipient of the National Book Award, the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, the Robert Fagles Translation Prize, and the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry. Her collection Winter Names received a Lambda Literary Award and the Lenore Marshall Award of the Academy of American Poets. Her most recent collection of poetry was Names. She lives in Paris, France.