Diego Marani, novelist, essayist, translator and creator of ‘Europanto’, a language without rules, talks with the Executive Director of the Plain English Foundation, Dr Neil James. Through the prism of Marani's latest novels, the acclaimed New Finnish Grammar, described by The Guardian as 'genius', and newly released The Last of the Vostyachs, they examine whether we need language to define ourselves and ask how identity can exist without language.
Supported by the Plain English Foundation.
Diego Marani (International)
Diego Marani was born in Ferrara, Italy, in 1959. He has worked as a translator at the Council of Ministers of the European Union and as a policy officer for the European Commission and has written several novels, collections of essays and short stories. Diego's earlier novel, New Finnish Grammar, was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Award and the Best Translated Book Award. The Last of the Vostyachs is Diego's second novel to appear in English.
Dr Neil James is an expert in the rhetoric of writing. He has published more than 75 essays and articles in publications as diverse and the The Telegraph and the TLS. His current book Modern Manglish skewers the worst excesses of buzzwords and suit speak. Neil’s Writing at Work has become a standard on the reform of contemporary rhetoric. As @drplainenglish at the Plain English Foundation, he helps workplace writers to communicate with clarity. plainenglishfoundation.com