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Oonagh Stransky is a translator of Italian and writer.

Born in Paris in 1967, she has lived in Beirut, Jeddah, London, New Jersey, Boston, San Francisco, Florence, and for 15 years in New York City. She currently resides in Tuscany. At home, her family spoke English, French, and Czech.

Oonagh first came to Italy in the winter of 1986. Not long after, she enrolled at Middlebury College Language School and acquired a sound base in Italian. As an undergraduate studying Comparative Literature at Mills College and the University of California at Berkeley, she was a student of Comparative Literature and took as many Italian language and literature classes as possible. Oonagh then spent a full academic year at the University of Florence where she studied medieval manuscripts, Renaissance history, and contemporary cultural studies, all of which had a profound impact on both her language and life. 

After university, Oonagh settled in rural Casentino valley, not far from Florence. Five years later, she moved to New York City where, over time, she worked at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, the Consulate General of Italy, and obtained her Master’s degree in Italian from Columbia University, focusing on women writers and 20th century poetry. In 2000 she won a fellowship for young translators from the American Literary Translators Association and a year later published her first translation (Almost Blue, by Carlo Lucarelli) with historic City Lights. 

In 2009, Oonagh moved back to Tuscany, where she continued translating novels and short stories, worked in the wine industry, and learned about olive oil. She now produces her own extra virgin olive oil and is working on a collection of short stories. 

Over the years, Oonagh has translated novels, short stories, poems, essays, newspaper articles, magazine articles, brochures, legal documents, press releases, love letters, personal statements, fashion catalogs, films, documentaries, restaurant reviews, wine descriptions, curriculum vitae, cookbooks, guide books, songs, and children’s stories.

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