The PEN Ten With Michael F. Moore

July 29, 2014 4:02 PM

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The PEN Ten With Michael F. Moore

The PEN Ten is PEN America's biweekly interview series curated by Lauren Cerand. This week, Lauren talks with Michael F. Moore, the chair of the PEN/Heim Translation Fund and an interpreter/translator from Italian. He has interpreted for popes, presidents, but no crowned heads. He puts his versatility on display this month with the publication of two translations, the wildly funny contemporary novel Live Bait by Fabio Genovesi (Other Press) and the moody masterpiece of sexual awakening, Agostino by Alberto Moravia (NYRB Classics).

More like my sense of survival! I lived in Italy for eight years, on my own, enrolled at the Brera Fine Arts Academy in Milan. Already shy in English, I worried that every time I opened my mouth the whole world would burst into laughter. Ordering at a restaurant was a harrowing experience. When I di...

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