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Blockbusterization of literature, or some more thoughts about SEELANGS email

Blockbusterization of literature, or some more thoughts about SEELANGS email

Bernard Kreise, one of the greatest, if not the greatest French translator of Russian literature, told me that about 80% of all books being published in France, are translations of English-speaking, mainly American authors. Which means that all literature by local French authors and all translations from all other languages represent these residual, laughable 20%.
What I found even more difficult to process, is a piece of statistics I found a couple of years ago on a site of some American publishing house. It said that from all titles published during that year in the US, — which was an impressive amount of 180.000+ titles, — only about 800 were foreign adult literature in translation.