The Delighted States

A Book of Novels, Romances, & Their Unknown Translators, Containing Ten Languages, Set on Four Continents, & Accompanied by Maps, Portraits, Squiggles, Illustrations, & a Variety of Helpful Indexes

Adam Thirlwell

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Having slept with a prostitute in Egypt, Gustave Flaubert begins his first novel, Madame Bovary, which influences the minor French novelist Édouard Dujardin, whose novel is read by James Joyce, whose own novel Ulysses will move the Italian novelist Italo Sveno, and later Gertrude Stein, in radical ways. This carousel of influence shows how we devour novels in translation, while often believing that style does not translate. But the history of the novel is the history of style. The Delighted States attempts to solve this conundrum while mapping an imaginary country, a country of readers: The Delighted States.  As a companion, this book comes with a new translation into English of Vladimir Nabokov's "Mademoiselle O."

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"A thoughtful, and frequently hilarious, study of the nature of literary translation.  It is also a work of art, a new form."--A. S. Byatt, Financial Times
 
"The Delighted States truly raises questions that are vital to novelists and their readers; it will be hard for anyone with an interest in the subject to keep from defiling the margins with notes."--The Wall Street Journal
 
"Thirlwell is a talented young literary Brit. . . . He has distilled the wisdom from what amounts to a lifetime of reading onto his pages. . . . His animated commentary belongs on a shelf all its own."--The Boston Globe
 
"A prodigy, and, as such, unstoppable . . . a treasure."--The New York Times

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Adam Thirlwell

ADAM THIRWELL’s first novel, Politics, was translated into thirty languages. In 2003, he appeared on Granta’s list of the Best British Novelists under forty.

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The Delighted States
A Book of Novels, Romances, & Their Unknown Translators, Containing Ten Languages, Set on Four Continents, & Accompanied by Maps, Portraits, Squiggles, Illustrations, & a Variety of Helpful Indexes
Adam Thirlwell

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
March 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312428297
ISBN10: 0312428294
5 3/4 x 8 13/16 inches, 592 pages, Includes black-and-white illustrations throughout
$20.00

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e-Book Agency
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
March 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429963862
ISBN10: 1429963867
592 pages, Includes Black-and-White Illustrations Throughout, Notes, and 5 Indexes
$9.99
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