English climbs Catalan translation rankings

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English has become the second most common language for book translations from Catalan after Spanish, stealing the rank from French.

Alex Susanna, director of the Institut Ramon Llull (IRL), said that 13 books originally written in Catalan were translated into English in 2014, one more than in 2013.

“For the first time, the next language most books were translated into after Spanish was English: we’d been working towards that goal for some time,” Susanna explained, stressing that the English-speaking market is hard to break into.

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