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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Translation and Linguistics Research Group Seminar: Angus Turvill 'From North East Japan to North East England'

2nd March 2016, 13:00, ER141, Elvet Riverside I, Durham University

Angus Turvill will discuss handling cultural issues in his translation of Hisashi Inoue's (2013) Shinshaku Tono Monogatari (Tales from a Mountain Cave). Hisashi Inoue (1934-2010) was a leading humourist, playwright and novelist. He was described by Nobel-prize-winner Kenzaburo Oe as 'one of the towering figures of contemporary Japan'.

Reviewer comments: ‘Intriguing, enchanting, poignant.’ (Japan Times) ‘Colorful, charming, and highly entertaining.’ (Contemporary Japanese Literature) ‘Wonderful’ (Haikugirl) ‘Funny and surprising. A real page-turner.’ (The Journal) ‘Stunning’ (Nihon Distractions)Copies of the book will be available for purchase (£8) at the seminar. Royalties are donated to education support in Kamaishi City, the book’s location, which was devastated by Japan’stsunami five years ago (11 March 2011).

Angus teaches on the Japanese strand of the MA Translation Studies.He has won prizes in the Shizuoka, J-Lit, Kurodahan, and John Dryden Translation Competitions.

Contact penelope.johnson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.