SWET Talk Shop via Zoom: Fifty Sounds

Bristol-based writer and translator Polly Barton talks about her book

Polly Barton, in conversation with Emily Balistrieri, Susan Jones, and SWET members


Bristol-based writer and translator Polly Barton discusses her debut book Fifty Sounds, a personal dictionary of the Japanese language, which was published in the UK by Fitzcarraldo Editions this past April, after she won the Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize in 2019. Expect some Wittgenstein!

Barton’s translations have featured in GrantaCatapult, The White Review, and Words Without Borders and her full-length translations include Spring Garden by Tomoka Shibasaki (Pushkin Press), Where the Wild Ladies Are by Aoko Matsuda (Tilted Axis Press/Soft Skull) [shortlisted for the Ray Bradbury Prize], and There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job by Kikuko Tsumura (Bloomsbury). Fifty Sounds is already available as an ebook and will be published by Liveright in the US early next year.

View video of the event:
https://youtu.be/xtNHtOF87Ec