KATHERINE MANSFIELD translated into French! Katherine would have been very pleased.
It’s my dear Provencal friend, Brisou Buis, who translated it. I tried to convince her to read Proust so we could talk about it over a morning tisane or an evening glass of wine, but she said she’d prefer to translate my novel. And she did.
When Brisou and I converse, she in English and me in French, we understand each other. But for her to translate my words and Katherine’s into French took great determination and patience.
In September, I will visit her at her 16th Century hameau in southern France. We will sit on her sunny terrace under the shade of an ancient walnut tree and raise our glasses to Katherine Mansfield – our Muse.