Few translators are just translators. They are also writers, bloggers, critics… Martin de Haan, President of CEATL and Dutch translator of Proust, Kundera, Echenoz and Houellebecq, is all of these things and much more. A portrait by Camille Bloomfield (translated from French by Jill McCoy).
It is a paradox that instead of inciting fear, a literary pinnacle like Proust’s A La recherche du temps perdu is constantly spurring on new foreign-language translations. Are these the most crazed or the most passionate of translators?