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Found in Translation

On February 28, Eriksen Translations is hosting the New York book launch of Found in Translation by Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche, an event doubling as Red T's first fundraiser. Copies will be available for purchase, and Nataly will be on hand to sign them and talk about the book. All profits will benefit Red T, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and public charity.

"Right this very minute, translation is saving lives, perhaps even yours," the authors write. I couldn't agree more. Having waded through millions of translated words involving national security, I know just how critical the work of translators and interpreters is, whether in the terrorism arena or other adversarial settings. Tragically, however, it is precisely these linguists who are most in danger, targeted by state and non-state actors alike. In their chapter "Waging War and Keeping the Peace," Nataly and Jost address the extreme vulnerability of translators and interpreters in theaters of war, and powerfully relate the complexities and dangers of working under such conditions. In doing so, the authors are performing an invaluable service, not only to our colleagues at risk but to the public at large.

In addition to linguists in conflict zones, Found in Translation covers a broad array of themes and vividly narrates how translation affects all our lives. To find out more, listen to Nataly's interview on NPR.

Posted on February 14th, 2013