Mark Polizzotti
Translator and author, New York

Mark Polizzotti is an American translator and author. He has translated more than 50 books from the French, including works by Gustave Flaubert, Marguerite Duras and André Breton, and written 11 books, the latest of which is Sympathy for the Traitor: A Translation Manifesto (2018). He is a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the recipient of a 2016 American Academy of Arts and Letters award for literature, and a publisher and editor-in-chief at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Written by Mark Polizzotti

Are we missing something? The French author Georges Perec, whose novel La disparition (1969), containing not a single instance of the letter ‘e’, was translated by Gilbert Adair as A Void (1995). Photo by Guy Le Querrec/Magnum

Stories and literature
L’art de la traduction

What is the task of the translator – to be a servant to the source or to create a new work of illuminated meaning?

Mark Polizzotti