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"I consumed Professor Nylan’s edition of The Art of War in one sitting! Sun Tzu has been so often translated that we run the risk of forgetting just how gripping and remarkable his little book is. The most impressive thing about the Nylan translation is its total lack of complacency―it’s the sharpest and most uncompromising English-language rendition of this book I've ever read." -- Steve Donoghue, managing editor, Open Letters Monthly
"Michael Nylan’s translation is marvelous. The pithiness of certain parts of the text, its aphoristic quality, presents an exceptionally difficult challenge. Because Nylan has a deep understanding of the social and cultural milieu that produced Sun Tzu’s treatise, she has created an English-language version that is accessible while retaining the literary beauty of the original. Her introduction and supporting materials are very helpful to the reader, and I would expect that this version will become the standard one in the field." -- Dennis Washburn, translator of The Tale of Genji
"Michael Nylan’s masterful translation of The Art of War brings historical depth to our understanding of the classic and also illuminates its broad significance for our world today." -- Waiy-yee Li, professor of Chinese literature, Harvard University --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07TJ2FTYF
- Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; Translation edition (January 7, 2020)
- Publication date : January 7, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 3219 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 133 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #447,102 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As she explains, "For three years, an international group of scholars drawn from multiple disciplines has pored over successive drafts of this translation, with the intention of making The Art of War speak for more powerfully to general readers and specialists alike, East and West."
Having read several dozen other translations over several decades, I agree with her that this unique collaborative effort has produced "the richest possible readings for a spare and elusive text that repays sustained analysis, compels our respect, and still raises big questions after two thousand years of close reading."
Better yet, the close reading includes an international support group of scholars -- duly acknowledged -- who helped Nylan to revitalize and energize one of the most influential books ever written.
In his review of this new translation for The New York Times, Dwight Garner suggests that each sentence "is a struck match." For example, Nylan's version of one well-known section begins:
"Warfare is the art of deception.
So when you can, feign incapacity,
And when deploying troops, appear to have no such plans.
When close, seem to them to be far away, and
when far away, seem near."
Then Nylan continues:
"If the enemy commander is avid for advantage, use it to lure him in;
If he is volatile, seize upon that;
If he is solid, prepare well for battle;
If he is strong, evade him.
If he is angry, rile him.
If he is unpresuming, feed his arrogance."
These brief passages provide at least a sense of how accessible and sensible Nylan's translation is. I urge everyone who reads this brief commentary to check it out. As a non-scholar, for whatever my opinion may be worth, I think the quality of Michael Nylan's translation of The Art of War is comparable with Emily Wilson's translation of Homer's Odyssey. I have nothing more to add.
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Not a one sitting page turner.