Sandra SMITH


Sandra Smith was born and raised in New York City. As an undergraduate, she spent one year studying at the Sorbonne and fell in love with Paris. Immediately after finishing her BA, she was accepted to do a Master’s Degree at New York University, in conjunction with the Sorbonne, and so lived in Paris for another year. After completing her MA, she moved to Cambridge, where she began supervising in 20th Century French Literature, Modern French Drama and Translation at the University. Soon afterwards, she was accepted to study for a PhD at Clare College, researching the Surrealist Theatre in France between the two World Wars. Sandra Smith taught French Literature and Language at Robinson College, University of Cambridge for many years before returning to New York, where she currently lives. She has been a guest lecturer and professor at Columbia University, Harvard and Sarah Lawrence College. She is now teaching a Masters Course in Translation in NYU. She has translated 12 novels by Nemirovsky including Suite Francaise which won the PEN Translation Award and the Florence Gould French American Ward. But you did not come back by Marceline Loridan-Ivens also won the 2016 National Jewish Book Award for best Biography, Autobiography or Memoir.

• Recent book translations :
2017, Don’t Worry, Life is Easy, Agnès Martin-Lugand (Weinstein Books, USA) – La Vie Facile (Michel Lafon, France, 2015)
2016, Pocahontas: Princess of the New World a Graphic Novel by Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky (Pegasus, USA)
2016, The Stranger adapted as a graphic novel by Jacques Ferrandez (Pegasus, USA)
2016, But you did not come back, Marceline Loridan-Ivens (Grove Atlantic, USA /Faber & Faber UK) – Et tu n’es pas revenue (Grasset, France, 2015)
2016, Happy People Read and Drink Coffee, Agnès Martin-Lugand ( Weinstein Books, USA) – Les Gens heureux lisent et boivent du café (Pocket, France, 2014)
2015, The Fires of Autumn, Irène Némirovsky (Chatto & Windus, UK, 2014, Knopf/Vintage, USA) 2015 – Les feux d’automne (Albin Michel, France, 2014)
2015, A Taste for Happiness, Michel David-Weil (CreateSpace) – L’Esprit en fête (Robert Lafont, France, 2007)
2015, The Necklace and Other stories: Maupassant for Modern Times, (Liveright, USA)