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Notable Quotable: George O'Connell on the importance of literary translation

"The isolation of literary American readers from the wealth of work outside the U.S. is more than unfortunate. It seals us off not only from other ways of being and imagining, but from understanding ourselves and our own culture more deeply, if only by comparison. Conversely, literary translation demonstrates that human beings everywhere have more in common than their differences, confronting as we do the shared joys and anxieties of existence, identity, mortality, and consciousness itself." -- George O'Connell

This month we're celebrating our most recent class of NEA Literature Translation Fellows. Follow us on Twitter at @NEAarts or visit our Facebook page for excerpts from the projects we're supporting. And browse Writer's Corner on the Literature page for more from George O'Connell and the other 2014 Literature Translation Fellows.

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