Report from a literary translator:
“Literary translators are often paid by the word, and the rate hasn’t changed in over 30 years— $0.10-$0.15 cents/word. When we’re not paid by the word, we’re offered token honorariums, or we’re expected to do the work for free as a labor of love.”
No one sings all the time By everything else we shall also be judged
But only we ourselves can do it
This is without exception We who are everything else In the dark
song, bright, beyond
Goran Sonnevi, in part LIII of his Mozart’s Third Brain, translated from Swedish by Rika Lesser, published by Yale, on sale here.