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A panoramic view of the craft of translation. An impressive gathering of the expertise of the finest translators working in English today from a wide range of languages and literatures.
The essays in In Translation, exploring both the larger, complex questions of translation's role and function in the world of literature and the more detailed, word-by-word dilemmas faced by every translator, are consistently stimulating, engaging, and eye-opening, not to speak of eloquent and occasionally even dramatic and/or funny. I came away from reading them with a host of new ideas and insights.
I loved this book. I felt I was introduced to a new universe, and not only translation, but language itself, will never look the same again.
In Translation promises to be an essential part of any translation library. Allen and Bernofsky have assembled a collection of thoughtful essays by a wide-ranging group of translators whose opinions about the knotty art of translation are varied, fascinating, and eminently intelligent
In Translation is an essential addition to the canon of translation studies, offering fascinating insights about the role and the work of the translator. Anyone interested in the making of literature will want this book.
Serious and witty by turns, and sometimes both at once, these informative essays illuminate what matters in translation and why translation matters.
AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: A Culture of Translation, by Esther Allen and Susan Bernofsky
Part I: The Translator in the World1. Making Sense in Translation: Toward an Ethics of the Art, by Peter Cole2. Anonymous Sources (On Translators and Translation), by Eliot Weinberger3. Fictions of the Foreign: The Paradox of "Foreign-Soundingness", by David Bellos4. Beyond, Between: Translation, Ghosts, Metaphors, by Michael Emmerich5. Translation as Scholarship, by Catherine Porter6. Translation: The Biography of an Artform, by Alice Kaplan7. The Will to Translate: Four Episodes in a Local History of Global Cultural Exchange, by Esther Allen
Part II: The Translator at Work8. The Great Leap: César and the Caesura, by Forrest Gander9. Misreading Orhan Pamuk, by Maureen Freely10. On Translating a Poem by Osip Mandelstam, by José Manuel Prieto, translated by Esther Allen11. Are We the Folk in This Lok?: Translating in the Plural, by Christi A. Merrill12. Choosing an English for Hindi, by Jason Grunebaum13. As Translator, as Novelist: The Translator's Afterword, by Haruki Murakami, translated by Ted Goossen14. Haruki Murakami and the Culture of Translation, by Ted Goossen15. Translating Jacopone da Todi: Archaic Poetries and Modern Audiences, by Lawrence Venuti16. "Ensemble discords": Translating the Music of Scève's Délie, by Richard Sieburth17. Translation and the Art of Revision, by Susan Bernofsky18. The Art of Losing: Polish Poetry and Translation, by Clare Cavanagh
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