Tina Kover

Tina Kover - Translator

Durham, UK

Award-winning translator of classic and contemporary fiction and non-fiction from French to English, actively seeking new commissions.

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Overview

Translator of Négar Djavadi's DISORIENTAL, Mahir Guven's OLDER BROTHER, Anna Gavalda's LIFE, ONLY BETTER, and many other works of classic and contemporary fiction. Winner of the 2019 Albertine Prize and the Lambda Literary Award in the Bisexual Fiction category. Finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in Translated Literature, the 2018 PEN Translation Award, the 2019 Warwick Prize for Women in Translation, and the 2020 Scott Moncrieff Prize.

Always actively seeking new commissions to produce impeccable English translations of quality fiction and non-fiction.


Services
Book Translation
Languages
French to English
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Classics
Contemporary Fiction
Cultural & Ethnic
Historical Fiction
Historical Mysteries
LGBTQ (Fiction)
Women's Fiction

Awards

  • Albertine Prize
  • Lambda Literary Award
  • NEA Fellowship in Translation

Work experience

Translator

Self-employed
January, 2001 – Present (over 19 years)

Two decades of experience translating legal and corporate documents, as well as scholarly texts in both the humanities and pure and applied sciences. Since 2015 I have focused mainly on literary translation, with eighteen books published. I was awarded a Fellowship in Translation by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2010, and I have won the Albertine Prize and the Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Fiction for my translation of DISORIENTAL and was a finalist for the (U.S.) National Book Award, the PEN Translation Prize, the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation, and the Scott Moncrieff Prize for the same work.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Disoriental

Négar Djavadi

WINNER 2019 ALBERTINE PRIZE WINNER 2019 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FINALIST 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST 2019 CLMP FIRECRACKER AWARD FINALIST 2019 BEST TRANSLATED BOOK AWARD WINNER LE PRIX DU ROMAN NEWS WINNER STYLE PRIZE WINNER 2016 LIRE BEST DEBUT NOVEL WINNER LA PORTE DORÉE PRIZE ONE OF THE GLOBE & MAIL’S BEST BOOKS OF 2018 In this high-spirited, kaleidoscopic story, key moments of Iranian ... read more

WINNER 2019 ALBERTINE PRIZE WINNER 2019 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FINALIST 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST 2019 CLMP FIRECRACKER AWARD FINALIST 2019 BEST TRANSLATED BOOK AWARD WINNER LE PRIX DU ROMAN NEWS WINNER STYLE PRIZE WINNER 2016 LIRE BEST DEBUT NOVEL WINNER LA PORTE DORÉE PRIZE ONE OF THE GLOBE & MAIL’S BEST BOOKS OF 2018 In this high-spirited, kaleidoscopic story, key moments of Iranian ... read more

Older Brother

Mahir Guven

”Superb...[Older Brother] accomplishes what the best kind of reporting can do: wade into questions that resist simple answers, while restoring dignity to its characters.”―The New York Times Books ReviewOlder Brother is the poignant story of a Franco-Syrian family whose father and two sons try to integrate themselves into a society that doesn’t offer them many opportunities. The father, an athe... read more

”Superb...[Older Brother] accomplishes what the best kind of reporting can do: wade into questions that resist simple answers, while restoring dignity to its characters.”―The New York Times Books ReviewOlder Brother is the poignant story of a Franco-Syrian family whose father and two sons try to integrate themselves into a society that doesn’t offer them many opportunities. The father, an athe... read more

A Summer with Montaigne: On the Art of Living Well

Antoine Compagnon

Michel de Montaigne embodies the Humanist ideal. Curious, measured, contemplative yet not unworldly, witty, free of prejudice, and urbane. But what does Montaigne have to tell us about how to think and live today? In forty short, erudite and lively chapters written over a single summer, Antoine Compagnon seeks answers to that question. In A Summer with Montaigne, Compagnon invites his readers ... read more

Michel de Montaigne embodies the Humanist ideal. Curious, measured, contemplative yet not unworldly, witty, free of prejudice, and urbane. But what does Montaigne have to tell us about how to think and live today? In forty short, erudite and lively chapters written over a single summer, Antoine Compagnon seeks answers to that question. In A Summer with Montaigne, Compagnon invites his readers ... read more

Hergé, Son of Tintin

Benoit Peeters

Tintinology [tin-tin-ol-uh-jee] noun ― The study of the works of comic creator Hergé and the cultural impact of Tintin, his best-known and most influential character.The adventures of Tintin and his dog, Snowy, have captivated people worldwide since they first appeared as an insert in the Belgian Catholic newspaper Le Vintième Siècle in 1929. Available for the first time in English, this insig... read more

Tintinology [tin-tin-ol-uh-jee] noun ― The study of the works of comic creator Hergé and the cultural impact of Tintin, his best-known and most influential character.The adventures of Tintin and his dog, Snowy, have captivated people worldwide since they first appeared as an insert in the Belgian Catholic newspaper Le Vintième Siècle in 1929. Available for the first time in English, this insig... read more

Georges (Modern Library Classics)

Alexandre Dumas

Long out of print in America, Alexandre Dumas’s most daring narrative is now available in this major new translation by Tina A. Kover. Filled with intrigue, romance, and deadly vengeance, Georges is the story of a wealthy mulatto boy who is driven from his island home by racist landowners. Returning to Mauritius as an accomplished young man, Georges pits his strength against a powerful plantat... read more

Long out of print in America, Alexandre Dumas’s most daring narrative is now available in this major new translation by Tina A. Kover. Filled with intrigue, romance, and deadly vengeance, Georges is the story of a wealthy mulatto boy who is driven from his island home by racist landowners. Returning to Mauritius as an accomplished young man, Georges pits his strength against a powerful plantat... read more

The Beauty of the Death Cap

Catherine Dousteyssier-Khoze

Nikonor is an eccentric and scholarly snob, a mycomaniac who has just made it to the Château de la Charlanne where he spent his childhood in the company of his twin sister, Anastasie. After all these years, it is not quite clear what brings him back to la Charlanne—an isolated and somewhat derelict castle located in the heart of the French countryside—but he is keen to share various memories w... read more

Nikonor is an eccentric and scholarly snob, a mycomaniac who has just made it to the Château de la Charlanne where he spent his childhood in the company of his twin sister, Anastasie. After all these years, it is not quite clear what brings him back to la Charlanne—an isolated and somewhat derelict castle located in the heart of the French countryside—but he is keen to share various memories w... read more

The Little Girl on the Ice Floe

Adélaïde Bon

When Adélaïde’s parents find her mute and unable to explain why she is crying, they bring her to the police station and file a complaint against “X” for sexual assault. Adélaïde grows up without showing any outward signs of damage. As a teen and then as an outwardly cheerful young woman, she suffers in silence, battling her demons alone.Twenty-three years later, Adélaïde receives a call from t... read more

When Adélaïde’s parents find her mute and unable to explain why she is crying, they bring her to the police station and file a complaint against “X” for sexual assault. Adélaïde grows up without showing any outward signs of damage. As a teen and then as an outwardly cheerful young woman, she suffers in silence, battling her demons alone.Twenty-three years later, Adélaïde receives a call from t... read more

Life, Only Better

Anna Gavalda

Mathilde is twenty-four. She has abandoned her studies in art history in lieu of a menial job and lives in a house she shares with twin sisters. One day she forgets her bag in a café and a week later an unknown man returns it to her. Following this encounter, Mathilde decides to throw caution to the wind and change her life entirely. Yann is twenty-six, a university graduate, unemployed. There... read more

Mathilde is twenty-four. She has abandoned her studies in art history in lieu of a menial job and lives in a house she shares with twin sisters. One day she forgets her bag in a café and a week later an unknown man returns it to her. Following this encounter, Mathilde decides to throw caution to the wind and change her life entirely. Yann is twenty-six, a university graduate, unemployed. There... read more

The Faces of God

Mallock

Murder and depravity are Police Commissioner Amédée Mallock’s daily bread. As far as he is concerned, mankind has been thoroughly abandoned by God, and the visions that haunt him do nothing to disabuse him of this notion. But nothing he has encountered has prepared him for the sudden appearance of a serial killer dubbed “the Make-up Artist.” The bodies of the killer’s first victims, found in f... read more

Murder and depravity are Police Commissioner Amédée Mallock’s daily bread. As far as he is concerned, mankind has been thoroughly abandoned by God, and the visions that haunt him do nothing to disabuse him of this notion. But nothing he has encountered has prepared him for the sudden appearance of a serial killer dubbed “the Make-up Artist.” The bodies of the killer’s first victims, found in f... read more

Who Killed the Poet?

Luis De Miranda

When Bardo, an architect and poet, dies, his twin brother's first thought is to suspect the intriguing red-haired Ophelia, Bardo's love, who has vanished. A chase across northern Europe commences, which is an elevating initiation to a dimension and understanding the brother narrator ignored. Through the voyage, the past reveals its real visage, while a mysterious child guides the characters to... read more

When Bardo, an architect and poet, dies, his twin brother's first thought is to suspect the intriguing red-haired Ophelia, Bardo's love, who has vanished. A chase across northern Europe commences, which is an elevating initiation to a dimension and understanding the brother narrator ignored. Through the voyage, the past reveals its real visage, while a mysterious child guides the characters to... read more

The Black City

George Sand

Set against the backdrop of France's industrial revolution, this 1859 novel by the controversial, passionately socialist George Sand follows the fortunes of the dynamic, young metal smith Etienne Lavoute, known as Sept-Epees (or Seven Blades), as he strives to free himself not from the working class but from the woes imposed upon it by grasping mill owners. While ambition is the spur that prom... read more

Set against the backdrop of France's industrial revolution, this 1859 novel by the controversial, passionately socialist George Sand follows the fortunes of the dynamic, young metal smith Etienne Lavoute, known as Sept-Epees (or Seven Blades), as he strives to free himself not from the working class but from the woes imposed upon it by grasping mill owners. While ambition is the spur that prom... read more

Manette Salomon

Edmond De Goncourt, Jules De Goncourt

“I received both volumes at eleven o’clock this morning and I’ve just finished them. In other words, my dear fellows, Manette Salomon has enraptured me for an entire day. It’s stunning, dazzling, intoxicating. I have tears in my eyes. So I must unleash these feelings on you, without pausing to sort them out first.”So wrote Flaubert, in a letter to the brothers Edmond and Jules de Goncourt on N... read more

“I received both volumes at eleven o’clock this morning and I’ve just finished them. In other words, my dear fellows, Manette Salomon has enraptured me for an entire day. It’s stunning, dazzling, intoxicating. I have tears in my eyes. So I must unleash these feelings on you, without pausing to sort them out first.”So wrote Flaubert, in a letter to the brothers Edmond and Jules de Goncourt on N... read more

Grand Junction

Maurice G Dantec

Visionary, gripping, sumptuous and tantalizing, Grande Junction is a masterwork of hip, literary science fiction.On October 4, 2057, most electronic devices on Earth are infected and destroyed by unknown viruses, and billions of people dependent on machine interfaces are killed as a result. Twelve years later, the survivors are sunk in a new Dark Age, a grim afterworld in which the only law is... read more

Visionary, gripping, sumptuous and tantalizing, Grande Junction is a masterwork of hip, literary science fiction.On October 4, 2057, most electronic devices on Earth are infected and destroyed by unknown viruses, and billions of people dependent on machine interfaces are killed as a result. Twelve years later, the survivors are sunk in a new Dark Age, a grim afterworld in which the only law is... read more

Cosmos Incorporated: A Novel

Maurice G Dantec

The first major English translation of one of France’s most admired writers, Cosmos Incorporated is a triumph of science fiction–a masterwork of cataclysm, mysticism, and suspense.Fifty years of warfare, disease, and strife have decimated the world’s population. Those who remain are motes in the mind of UniWorld, a superstate that monitors humanity via a vast computer metastructure that catalo... read more

The first major English translation of one of France’s most admired writers, Cosmos Incorporated is a triumph of science fiction–a masterwork of cataclysm, mysticism, and suspense.Fifty years of warfare, disease, and strife have decimated the world’s population. Those who remain are motes in the mind of UniWorld, a superstate that monitors humanity via a vast computer metastructure that catalo... read more

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