Man-Booker-Prize Translator’s Job Isn’t Just About Language. She Translates Culture Too

Jessica Cohen

(Courtesy of Tamara Mahoney Kneisel)

A Horse Walks Into A Bar” is the opening line of a joke, and it’s the title of Israeli author David Grossman’s new Man Booker International Prize-winning novel. Denverite Jessica Cohen translated the novel from the original Hebrew and shares the prize with Grossman. She speaks with Colorado Matters about that experience, and how translation is more than just a job for her. It’s how she lives her life.

She spoke with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner. Listen to their conversation at

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