(00:02) Introduction to Christina Kramer
(00:39) Journey as a Language Learner
(04:31) Teaching Career
(07:26) Introduction to Macedonian Language
(08:49) Work on Macedonian Grammar
(09:58) Contemporary Literature and Writing in Macedonian
(11:57) Christina’s Transition from Linguist to Translator
(15:34) Translation Workflow and Challenges
(16:55) ‘Freud’s Sister’
(19:54) ‘Bai Ganyo, Incredible Tales of Modern Bulgarian’
(23:03) ‘Fear of Barbarians’
(27:57) Translation Choices and Challenges
(30:45) Current Translation Projects
Christina E. Kramer is a professor emerita at the University of Toronto, Canada. She has published numerous articles relating to Balkan linguistics and Macedonian grammar. She has translated several novels from Macedonian, including A Spare Life by Lidija Dimkovska, Freud’s Sister by Goce Smilevski, and Fear of Barbarians by Petar Andonovski.
She has held two grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, and her translations have been included among notable works, long-listed for best-translated work, and a Lois Roth Honorary Mention.
In this conversation, she talks about her journey as a language learner and her expertise in Macedonian, Bulgarian, and Russian languages. She discusses her teaching career, where she taught Russian, Macedonian, and Slavic linguistics. She spoke about her translated work, her collaborative projects, and the challenges she has faced with linguistic complexities. Macedonian.
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