Where Worlds Meet

Authored by: Ana Maria Machado

Handbook of Research on Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Print publication date:  October  2010
Online publication date:  April  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415965057
eBook ISBN: 9780203843543
Adobe ISBN: 9781136913570


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In this chapter, two recipients of the Hans Christian Andersen Award share their views on reaching across worlds with stories that contribute to our shared humanity.

Ana Maria Machado and Katherine Paterson first presented their essays at the 8th IBBY Regional Conference (2009). Through her understanding of translating literature and having her own writing translated, Machado traces the meeting of ideas and imaginations across the expanse of national borders, the shrinking time and space of digital worlds, and the artistry of stories. In turn, Paterson expresses the difficulty—and the ultimate value—of reaching across worlds, and into her own emotional memory, to discover the words and images that will bring a Kosava refugee family’s experience to life. Both authors asks us to make our passion for international literature “contagious.”

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