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Howard Goldblatt's life in translation 

The premier English-language translator of Nobel-winning Chinese fiction lives (for now) in South Bend, Indiana. His mind is someplace else entirely.

Howard Goldblatt, pictured in his home office, jokes that 'translation isn't a field anyone sensible would go into."

Howard Goldblatt, pictured in his home office, jokes that 'translation isn't a field anyone sensible would go into."

Chris Davis

If Howard Goldblatt is doing his job well, no one realizes that he's doing it at all. This is because his job is translation, which, if done correctly, is invisible—with all the characters, plot points, descriptions, and, most challengingly, the jokes reading…

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