Diplomat, Actor, Translator, Spy

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In recent years theories about translation have proliferated.  Yet surprisingly little has been written about what it actually feels like to be a translator: to spend one's days devoted to the words of another.  Bernard Turle's Diplomat, Actor, Translator, Spy seeks to address certain prevailing translation theories, but above all to give a sense of the true task of the translator -- a daily grind that is anything but abstract.  Through twenty-six alphabetically organized recollections, anecdotes,...
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Overview


In recent years theories about translation have proliferated.  Yet surprisingly little has been written about what it actually feels like to be a translator: to spend one's days devoted to the words of another.  Bernard Turle's Diplomat, Actor, Translator, Spy seeks to address certain prevailing translation theories, but above all to give a sense of the true task of the translator -- a daily grind that is anything but abstract.  Through twenty-six alphabetically organized recollections, anecdotes, fantasies, and dreams, he vividly conveys what it is that drew him to becoming a translator, evoking the delights as well as the frustrations of his chosen profession.
 
The original French text is included in an insert.
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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement - Margaret Jull Costa

“Turle is particularly good on the physicality of being a translator, the terrible slowness of the process as compared with reading, one’s longing to be unchained from one’s computer and the equal desire to keep working.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780956992055
  • Publisher: Sylph Editions
  • Publication date: 4/15/2013
  • Series: Sylph Editions - Cahiers Series , #19
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 40
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Bernard Turle’s list of over one hundred translations is resolutely hterogenous, including as it does works of art history (by Harold Acton, Bernard Berenson, Rudolf Wittkower), British essays, biographies, novels (by Lytton Strachey, Cyril Connolly, Anthony Burgess, Barbara Pym, Peter Ackroyd, Martin Amis, Alan Hollinghurst), and works from around the globe, particularly in recent years from India and Pakistan (V. S. Naipaul, Sudhir Kakar, Siddharth D. Shanghvi, Mohammed Hanif). From among American authors he has translated W. M. Spackman, John Edgar Wideman, and T. C. Boyle; from South Africa he has translated Andre Brink, from Australia Helen Garner, and from New Zealand Christine Leunens. He has won the Prix Coindreau and the Prix Baudelaire for translation. He has written several librettos for musicals, including Sorbet! Sorbet!, Variations provençales, and La Randonnée dérandonnée, and he is the author of Bombay Mix, Mumbai Max as well as of Une heure avant l’attentat.
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Table of Contents


Alphabet 
Bulimia
Competition Contradiction
Diplomat
Espionage
French
Gender and Personal Pronouns
Hindi
Imitation
Juggling
Kaleidoscope
Line of Beauty
Metaphor
Nonsense
Orient and Occident
Physical, All Too Physical
Quiberon
Repetition Refuge
Savant or Not
Time
Une Chaise, a Chair
Voice
Where, When, Why?
X
Y (Generation)
Z for Zorro

Afterword on the translation and images
      Dann Gunn
Colophon

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