Elettra Pauletto

Elettra Pauletto – Translator

French/Italian to English translator with AmazonCrossing, HarperCollins and more. Working on music, reporting, fiction, and your next book!


I'm a translator from Italian and French into English. My books have come out with Amazon Crossing, HarperDesign and various imprints of Hachette. Additional translations of reporting and short stories have appeared in Harper's Magazine, The Dodge, and The Dial. The genres I translate have included art, music, true crime, fiction, cooking and general interest. I hold an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University.

My work style is very responsive: I am always checking my emails--even on weekends--and will respond in a timely manner, particularly in emergencies. As a translator, I like to deliver my work in batches by dividing a book into four or five equal parts, then schedule calls with an author to go over the work done so far and to address potential queries from the writer. Throughout a translation, I will also make a list of my own questions to make sure there are no miscommunications stemming from a text. I will then raise these with the author for clarification. Ultimately, my job is to portray an Italian or French text in English while remaining as close to the original intention as possible, which is why I think it's important to work closely with an author (where possible), and to ensure we're on the same page.

Humanities & Social Sciences True Crime
Literary Fiction Young Adult
French to English Italian to English
  • Banff Centre Award
  • Literary Translation At Columbia

Work experience


Jan, 2010 — Present

Recent Projects include:
- Independent French and Italian to English translator
- Literary translations from French and Italian have appeared in Exchanges, Absinthe and The Dodge
- Literary scout for Amazon Crossing
- Regular French to English translations for Harper’s Magazine’s monthly Publisher’s Note and other works

Translated Books
All the Lies They Did Not Tell, by Pablo Trincia (Amazon Crossing, 2022); Prince: All The Songs: The Story Behind Every Track, by Benoît Clerc (Cassell, 2022); In Search of Van Gogh: Capturing the Life of the Artist through Photographs and Paintings, by Gloria Fossi (Harper Design, 2021); Bruce Springsteen All the Songs, by Richard Lecocq and Francois Allard (Cassell, 2020); Larousse Patisserie and Baking (Larousse, 2020). Forthcoming: David Bowie, Rainbowman: 1967-1980, by Jérôme Soligny, (Monoray, 2023).

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Vic P.

Vic P.

Jun, 2023

Great translation resource! Excellent literary sensibility!

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