Amanda Gorman's white Dutch translator quits over 'uproar'

The Hague (AFP) – A Dutch writer has resigned as the translator of poet Amanda Gorman, the young black star of US President Joe Biden’s inauguration, after an “uproar” over the fact that a black translator was not chosen. Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, who became the youngest winner of the International Booker Prize last year for their novel “The Discomfort of Evening”, was picked for the job by Dutch publisher Meulenhoff. But after criticism in the Netherlands of the fact that a white translator was chosen, Rijneveld, who uses the non-binary pronoun “they”, said they were pulling out of the job of …

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