I have a new review up at Shiny New Books today which I want to share with you, and it’s of an absolutely fascinating book – “Dancing on Ropes” by Anna Aslanyan.

As a great lover of translated literature, I am of course eternally indebted to translators. Aslanyan is one of these, but she’s also a public interpreter, and her marvellous book explores the importance the skill of rendering words into another language has for our world. Covering everything from ancient court translators, to the interpreters tasked with making sure everyone understood everyone else at the Nuremberg Trials and right up to AI translation, this is a wonderful and fascinating read which thoroughly absorbed me (and also made me think a lot). You can read my review at Shiny New Books here.