Broadly Speaking: Mieko Kawakami and Fernanda Melchor

Testata: Wheeler Centre
Data: 14 ottobre 2020

'The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.’

English-language publishers are increasingly embracing works in translation. What new worlds does this open up for readers? What does feminism gain from more translated women's voices in fiction?

For this conversation, we'll speak with two international authors with major works recently published in English. Mieko Kawakami is the author of several books in Japanese. Her first full-length work to be translated into English is Breasts and Eggs, a bold novel about fertility, cosmetic surgery and bodily autonomy, translated by Sam Bett and David Boyd. Fernanda Melchor is a Mexican journalist and novelist, whose powerful English-language debut about femicide in Mexico, Hurricane Season, was shortlisted for the 2020 International Booker Prize, translated by Sophie Hughes.

Hosted by Roanna Gonsalves , these exceptional authors will discuss radical representations of womanhood in fiction, and the limitations and possibilities of translation today. Interpretation and subtitles provided by Hitomi Yoshio.

Interpretation and subtitles provided by Hitomi Yoshio.

The Broadly Speaking series is proudly supported by Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM and family.