Lydia Davis’s most recent book is Can’t and Won’t: Stories. Her essay in this issue is based on a keynote address given at the awards ceremony of the French-American Foundation on June 7, 2016. At the ceremony, she was named the Foundation’s first Translator Laureate.
 (December 2016)


Eleven Pleasures of Translating

Pierre Renoir and Valentine Tessier as Charles and Emma Bovary in Jean Renoir’s film adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s novel Madame Bovary, 1933
This past June, on a trip to France, I was taken by French friends for a wine-tasting in the small Burgundian town of Beaune, south of Dijon. During the wine-tasting, we were at one point instructed to mâchez le vin—I can’t remember now whether this was while we still held …

Sartre at Seventy: An Interview

Michel Contat: For the past year there has been much concern over the rumors that have been circulating about the state of your health. You will be seventy years old this month. Tell us, Sartre, how are you feeling? Jean-Paul Sartre: It is difficult to say that I am feeling …