Esther Allen's most recent translation, of Antonio Di Benedetto's 1956 novel Zama (New York Review Books Classics), was awarded the 2017 National Translation Award by the American Literary Translators Association. In 2018 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her essays and translations have appeared in The New York Review Daily, the Paris Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Words Without Borders, Bomb, and elsewhere. A professor in the CUNY Grad Center Ph.D. Programs in French and in Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures (LAILAC), she also directs the Harman Writer-in-Residence Program at Baruch College, CUNY. Read her work at


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