The New York Times : Translation as Literary Ambassador

Books translated into English help nations large and small put their names on the literary map, said Corina Șuteu of the Romanian Cultural Institute.

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“We have established this as a strategic objective, a long-term commitment to break through the American market,” said Corina Șuteu, who leads the New York branch of the European Union National Institutes for Culture and directs the Romanian Cultural Institute. “For nations in Europe, be they small or large, literature will always be one of the keys of their cultural existence, and we recognize that this is the only way we are going to be able to make that literature present in the United States.”