OBITUARY: Sad News in Literary Translation

Agustín García Calvo

Agustín García Calvo (1926 - 2012) The writer, philosopher, and translator from Spain died at 85. Most notably, he translated classics from Greek, including Homer, Plato, Socrates, Aristophanes, and Sophocles, as well as Shakespeare and Marquis de Sade. He was persecuted during the Franco dictatorship. More information at SpainIsCulture and Sur.es, [in Spanish]

Jahed Jahanshahi

Jahed Jahanshahi (1946-2012) The Iranian translator of German literature died of cardiac failure at 66. He translated "Peeling the Onion" [Beim Hauten der Zwiebel], the autobiography by Nobel Prize-winner Günter Grass, as well as "The Mother" [Die Mutter] by Bertolt Brecht. He had also translated Portuguese poet and writer Fernando Pessoa and Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. More information at Tehran TimesPressTV and Majzooban.