The Subversive Scribe: Translating Latin American Fiction

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To most of us, "subversion" means political subversion, but The Subversive Scribe is about collaboration not with an enemy, but with texts and between writers. Though Suzanne Jill Levine is the translator of some of the most inventive Latin American authors of the twentieth century--including Julio Cortázar, G. Cabrera Infante, Manuel Puig, and Severo Sarduy--each of whom were revolutionaries not only on the page, but in confronting the sexual and cultural taboos of their respective countries, she considers the ...

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Overview

To most of us, "subversion" means political subversion, but The Subversive Scribe is about collaboration not with an enemy, but with texts and between writers. Though Suzanne Jill Levine is the translator of some of the most inventive Latin American authors of the twentieth century--including Julio Cortázar, G. Cabrera Infante, Manuel Puig, and Severo Sarduy--each of whom were revolutionaries not only on the page, but in confronting the sexual and cultural taboos of their respective countries, she considers the act of translation itself to be a form of subversion. Rather than regret translation's shortcomings, Levine stresses how translation is itself a creative act, unearthing a version lying dormant beneath an original text, and animating it, like some mad scientist, in order to create a text illuminated and motivated by the original. In The Subversive Scribe, one of our most versatile and creative translators gives us an intimate and entertaining overview of the tricky relationships lying behind the art of literary translation.

Dalkey Archive Press

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Editorial Reviews

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“What she [Levine] has to say about the linguistic, personal, scholarly, and imaginative elements that the translator must bring to that process is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of translation in particular and creativity in general.... An important and original book. (Edith Grossman, translator of Love in the Time of Cholera)”

“A continually lively and very generous book, full of lore and such a vivid and just account of how complex a process good writing is. (Susan Sontag)”

“An astonishing and explosive tour de force. (Douglas Robinson, author of What Is Translation?)”

“A fascinating glimpse into the mental gyrations of a first-class literary translator at work. (Clifford Landers, Latin American Research Review)”

Clifford Landers
A fascinating glimpse into the mental gyrations of a first-class literary translator at work.
Latin American Research Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564785633
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Series: Dalkey Archive Scholarly Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,222,220
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Having translated Manuel Puig, Julio Cortázar, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, and other notable authors, Suzanne Jill Levine is one of the most highly regarded translators of contemporary Latin American literature. She is a professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the author of The Subversive Scribe: Translating Latin American Fiction.

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