REVIEW by Suzy Ceulan Hughes

NWR Issue 103

The Colour of Dawn

by Yanick Lahens (trans Alison Layland)

In 2009, Translators’ House Wales introduced its first Translation Challenge, ‘to promote and celebrate the crucial contribution translators make to enabling literature to travel across frontiers, and to draw attention to literary translation as one of the creative arts.’ The Challenge has been an annual event ever since, usually involving translation between Welsh and English. In 2010, however, Translators’ House Wales collaborated with Oxfam to set the Challenge in French, with the Bardic Staff being awarded for the best translations into Welsh and English. The piece chosen was an extract from the title story of La folie était venue avec la pluie (Madness Came with the Rain) by acclaimed Haitian writer Yanick Lahens, and the Bardic Staff for the English translation was awarded to Alison Layland. The Colour of Dawn once again brings together this award-winning writer/translator combination in Layland’s sensitive translation of Lahens’ powerful and compelling novel, La Couleur de l’Aube...

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