Mistranslated Book Titles Contest


Department of Tomfoolery

Elaine Steinbeck, John Steinbeck’s widow, was once in a bookstore in Yokohama. Unable to parse the Japanese alphabet, she asked the owner if he had any books by her late husband. He thought for a moment, then said, yes, he had The Angry Raisins. This anecdote so amused us here at The Paris Review that we began to mistranslate other titles, challenging each other to decipher them. Can you guess the correct titles for Tiny Ladies or Interminable Funnies?  Sign up with your email below, and see how many you can solve. Winners will be entered to receive our brand new (and, if we do say so, very stylish) Paris Review bag


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