Trinity University Press

Books about Translation

Aelian’s On the Nature of Animals

Claudius Aelianus (author), Gregory McNamee (editor)

Cover for Aelian’s On the Nature of Animals

The legends and innovations of the Roman Empire have been instilled in us since childhood. We know the great stories of legal and political governance, all-knowing gods and goddesses, military power and conquest, and developments in science and engineering. But we have known little, until now, about their knowledge of the animal kingdom—which was, by far, the most advanced in world history, thanks to the encyclopedic...

A  fascinating caricature of our tendency to imbue the minds of others, be they animal or human, with the characteristics, qualities, and motives of our own.Brain Pickings

Chinese Writers on Writing

Edward Hirsch (editor), Arthur Sze (editor)

Cover for Chinese Writers on Writing

With more than half the works appearing in English for the first time, Chinese Writers on Writing features authors such as Mo Yan, whose book Red Sorghum was made into an award-winning movie by the same name, Lu Xun, known as the Chinese George Orwell, and Gao Xingjian, the recipient of the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. This is the first collection to bring together material by writers reflecting on their work,...

A seminal work that helps increase a critical understanding of Chinese writing and literary aesthetics free from official ideology, Chinese Writers on Writing invigorates... — Greta Aart

Hebrew Writers on Writing

Peter Cole (editor), Edward Hirsch (editor)

Cover for Hebrew Writers on Writing

Hebrew Writers on Writing begins in early twentieth-century Warsaw, wanders through the formative years of Hebrew modernism in Europe and Palestine, and comes to engage the charged complexity of contemporary Israel. In the process, it explores, as no English volume has before, the shifting cultural and political landscape out of which the literature emerges and provides readers with an intimate vision of a startlingly...

Irish Writers on Writing

Eavan Boland (editor), Edward Hirsch (editor)

Cover for Irish Writers on Writing

What does it mean to be a writer in the context of Ireland’s centuries of uncertainty and upheaval? How does an Irish writer define Irish writing? The writers in Irish Writers on Writing, who range from early legends to modern masters, address these questions through their sources: the land, the Church, the past, changing politics, and literary styles. Though the references are multiple, the source is single—the Irish...

Mexican Writers on Writing

Margaret Sayers Peden (editor)

Cover for Mexican Writers on Writing

The pieces collected in Mexican Writers on Writing present a cross section of Mexican authors’ thoughts on writing, from Carlos Fuentes’s instructional Decalogue, to Bernardo de Balbuena’s flowery dissertation on the beauty of poetry, to Octavio Paz’s analysis of the essence of translation. From the time of the chronicles of the conquistadors to the contemporary movement Crack, these writers reveal ever-changing views...

Polish Writers on Writing

Edward Hirsch (editor), Adam Zagajewski (editor)

Cover for Polish Writers on Writing

Polish Writers on Writing captures the brilliance and originality of a literature rightly considered one of the most important and influential of our time. These writers are branded by the political realities of their country—creating literature out of the brutality of the Second World War, under the inhibiting and numbing Communist reign, and finally within a free society, but one burdened by its history. No common...

Romanian Writers on Writing

Edward Hirsch (editor), Norman Manea (editor)

Cover for Romanian Writers on Writing

Vanity doubled by vitality, vulnerability mixed in with force, and the fear of dissolution intimately linked with the desperate pride of defeating historical time confer upon Romanian literature a special tension, born from wandering and threat. The eighty-one writers gathered in Romanian Writers on Writing explore this unsettling tension and exemplify the powerful, polyphonic voice of their country’s complex...

A brilliant publishing enterprise. One of the best elements in American culture is a genuine, welcoming interest in writing from other languages. Beginning with essential...Robert Pinsky