Translators make foreign literature accessible to readers


GRAND FORKS — “Gentile signorina,” the purse-snatcher wrote to his victim at the beginning of a short story that University of North Dakota professor Elizabeth Harris has translated.

He had been examining the contents of the purse, imagining what his victim is like and coming to realize he had fallen in love, she said.

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Tu-Uyen Tran
Tran is content editor for the Herald. He began work at the newspaper in 1999 as a reporter and has covered business, City Hall, higher education and science. Before his current position, he served as night editor. Tran grew up in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington.
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