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In Translation: Translators on Their Work and What It Means

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ISBN-13: 978-0231159692
ISBN-10: 0231159692
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Editorial Reviews

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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

(Edith Grossman, Translator, author of Why Translation Matters)

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.

(John Biguenet, coeditor of The Craft of Translation and Theories of Translation)

Serious and witty by turns, and sometimes both at once, these informative essays illuminate what matters in translation and why translation matters.

(Motoyuki Shibata, University of Tokyo)

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.

(Peter Constantine, winner of the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize for Benjamin Lebert's novel, The Bird Is a Raven)

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.

(Lydia Davis, translator of Swann's Way and Madame Bovary)

A strong introduction to the field.

(Publishers Weekly)

Knowledgeable and articulate.... the book raises and clarifies a variety of significant issues about the many decisions translators must contend with.

(Kirkus Reviews)

An obvious choice for writers and readers interested in translation; challenging but also accessible to the nonacademic reader.

(Library Journal)

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.

(San Francisco Book Review)

Translators, academics, students, editors, and publishers will want torecommend In Translation to anyone with a curiosity about who translators are,what translators do, how they do it, and why.

(Publishing Research Quarterly)

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A very strong addition to the field of translation qua writing, as well as the more specialized field of translation studies, with its scholarly connections to language and literary study, the study of English transnational literature, literary theory, and the history of belles lettres.

(Russell Valentino, editor in chief of The Iowa Review)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (May 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231159692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231159692
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #810,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an excellent collection of essays by translators – those mostly invisible souls whose work allows us access to the literature of the world. I was delighted to be enlightened about what they do, and how they do it; translators are artists and authors fundamentally in the act of translation. As the essayists explain, translation entails so much more than finding an equivalent word in the 'other' language – although that alone can pose substantial difficulties. A translator tries to convey the meaning, the sense, the sound, the feeling, of the original work, to create the same response from the reader in the new language. There are questions of, what will the background of the new reader be? Who does the translated work 'belong to' – who authored it? What is more important: the form of the original work (rhyme, meter, structure) or the meaning – and can those things even be separated? How can you evoke colloquialisms or slang, or should you even try? How 'foreign' should a translation sound, and what about translations of archaic texts; should they be put into modern vernacular? Endless and fascinating questions. 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.
I received a copy from the San Francisco Book Review in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are entirely my own.
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This is quite an intriguing look into literary translation.
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Middling, uninspiring - 3-stars, in other words.
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Interesting, but very obtuse writing style. Recommended for all translators, linguists, or other with interests in the translation field, but is a very slow read, and what seems to be an attempt at overly obtuse and erudite language style.
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