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Cross-Cultural Humor

Does humor translate across borders? According to Myrsini Gana, translating a writer like David Sedaris into Greek brings out the underlying foreignness of the original stories, which “can be read as an homage to the power of translation.” For the creative writers featured in the following pages, their translators act like ventriloquists behind their backs—but the stools they sit on have legs in more than one culture.

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