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Albertine Translation Laureate, Jacqueline Feldman, presents On Your Feet. A Novel in Translations


McNally Jackson Seaport
4 Fulton Street
New York City, United States

March 27, 2024 6:30 pm


Jacqueline Feldman in conversation with Jeffrey Zuckerman about her new book, On Your Feet. A Novel in Translations

Albertine Translation laureate (2022) Jacqueline Feldman will be presenting her book On Your Feet. A Novel in Translations, at McNally Jackson Seaport on March 27, 2024. The novel, published by Dispersed Holdings, features a story by Nathalie Quintane, translated from the French by Ms. Feldman.

About the Book

Combining fiction in translation, travelogue, essay, the postcard, and a scholarly monograph, On Your Feet tells the story of a provincial city’s victory over the far-right figure, Marine Le Pen. It is the story of a cat-owning local poet’s valiant resistance and of a US woman — let us say an American girl — making her own, Joan-of-Arc-like entrance into the fray. This novel in translations slows time to take, with precision, the imprint of a moment in French and world history. It was a moment when fascist speech could be distinguished, still, from the great mass, separated out — leaving the moment, like the language, open to intervention.

Making contributions to the theory and practice of translation, which has been considered an applied linguistics, On Your Feet is a searching theorization of the politics of literature. What it offers, to readers of both languages or either, is a new kind of applied literature.

Featuring a story by Nathalie Quintane.

This work received support for excellence in publication and translation from Albertine Translation, a program created by Villa Albertine.

About the Authors

Jacqueline Feldman’s writing has appeared in The Paris Review Daily, 3:AM Magazine, Triple Canopy, and The White Review. Born in 1990 in Connecticut, she lives in Massachusetts. 

Nathalie Quintane, the author of dozens of books, is regarded in France as “one of the major experimental poets of her generation.” Other English translations of her work include Joan Darc and Tomatoes. Born in 1964 in Paris, she lives in Digne-les-Bains.


Jacqueline Feldman will also present her book at the following venues:

April 10 – Toronto, TYPE Books, (this is a virtual event – Zoom link here)

April 13 – Turners Falls, Massachusetts, Unnameable Books.

In partnership with

Albertine Foundation

Previously known as FACE Foundation, Albertine Foundation is an American nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting French-American relations through innovative cultural and educational projects. In close partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and its arts institution Villa Albertine, Albertine Foundation promotes artistic, literary, and educational exchange and collaboration between creative professionals from both countries thanks to corporate, foundation, and individual support.

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Florence Gould Foundation

The Florence Gould Foundation is devoted to French-American exchange and friendship. It has provided critical and longstanding support to enable the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and its partner FACE Foundation to foster French-American exchange across disciplines and make the very best of French and francophone culture accessible to diverse communities across the United States. The Florence Gould Writers’ Residency at Villa Albertine will create exceptional and enduring opportunities for literary creation for the most promising and innovative French and Francophone authors.

Institut français

The Institut français is responsible for France’s international cultural program. Supervised by both the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and by the Ministry of Culture, it promotes French culture abroad through cultural exchange initiatives. Operating in a space where the arts, intellectual exchange, cultural and social innovation, and linguistic partnerships interact and intersect, it is also responsible for promoting the French language and the sharing of works, artists, and ideas all over the world. The Institut français is one of Villa Albertine’s main French partners.

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