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How We Are Translated by Jessica Gaitan Johannesson

How We Are Translated: a novel

Jessica Gaitan Johannesson

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Imprint: Scribe Publications
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Publication date: 11 Feb 2021
ISBN: 9781913348069
4 stars out of 5
Lucy Knight
21 Feb 2021

"Despite losing momentum as it progresses, this is a novel brimming with ideas and promise"

The problem is Kristin associates speaking Swedish with her difficult workplace, the National Museum of Immigration, where she dresses up as an ancient Swedish settler and is banned from speaking English. She’s also nervous about the real reason Ciaran is so keen to learn Swedish: her pregnancy. While How We Are Translated is ostensibly about language, what Gaitán Johannesson (who speaks Spanish, Swedish and English) reaches towards is how and why we communicate with each other. 

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