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Cipango Hardcover – December 31, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
I have no knowledge of Spanish, but it seems to me that Daniel Shapiro's translation is sound. The English flows smoothly, the line breaks are all in the right places, and the language has haunting power. I particularly enjoyed seeing Harris' original Spanish poems and Shapiro's English translations side by side. Bilingual readers will enjoy comparing the poems and listening to differences in sound. People who enjoy translation puzzles like me may work backwards, matching up Spanish words with their English counterparts in a given line to establish a pseudo understanding of the original poems.
Despite its epic scope, cultural relevance, and the wealth of diversity found in these pages, I found it difficult to truly enjoy Cipango. I am not by nature a reader of "dark" fiction and the unrelenting tone of doom was almost too much for me to get through in one sitting.Read more ›