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5.0 out of 5 stars A brain-enhancing book
This ought to be compulsory reading for all those interested in translation, language, Spanish and Latin American literature as well as for all US-based publishers.
Published on 7 Feb. 2012 by thomasmilan

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1.0 out of 5 stars A big let down
An immense disapointment from a justifiably famous literary translator. More about the social status of translators amongst the literati than a reflection in depth on translations and translating.
Published 8 months ago by Mr. N. G. AUSTIN


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1.0 out of 5 stars A big let down, 10 Aug. 2014
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An immense disapointment from a justifiably famous literary translator. More about the social status of translators amongst the literati than a reflection in depth on translations and translating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brain-enhancing book, 7 Feb. 2012
This ought to be compulsory reading for all those interested in translation, language, Spanish and Latin American literature as well as for all US-based publishers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joy in Translation, 8 July 2010
Grossman's style is often chatty and highly personal, yet imbued with the depth and breadth of experience one would expect from such an accomplished translator. The first three sections were delivered as part of the Why X Matters lecture series at Yale University in 2008--as such, they sparkle with the author's unique wit and joy in her topic. That sense of joy, above all else, makes this book immensely readable. An expert's enthusiasm is often contagious and Grossman is no exception. Consider her description of the rich experience of her craft: 'On occasion, at a certain point in the translation of a book, I have been lucky enough to hit the sweet spot, when I can begin to imagine that the author and I have started to speak together---never in unison, certainly but in a kind of satisfying harmony. . . . The experience is exhilarating, symbiotic, certainly metaphorical, and absolutely crucial if I am to do what I am supposed to do---somehow get into the author's head and behind the author's eyes and re-create in English the writer's linguistic perceptions.' (pp. 82-83)

Grossman explains in detail the necessary negotiations with the original text to create something unique, a translated book. 'It seems clear that a translated work does have an existence separate from and different from the first text, if only because it is written in another language. . . . And here I mean translation not as the weary journeyman of the publishing world but as a living bridge between two realms of discourse, two realms of experience, and two sets of readers.' (pp. 74-75) This observation, coupled with her perspective that all translation is possible--indeed, essential--gives readers a peek into a little understood literary field. Her style is accessible to general readers and will interest professionals and anyone that loves a good book.

D. Bannon is a professional translator and the author of The Elements of Subtitles, Revised and Expanded Edition: A Practical Guide to the Art of Dialogue, Character, Context, Tone and Style in Subtitling
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5.0 out of 5 stars best, 11 Feb. 2013
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as it is described .. thanks a lot for the offer!!!!!! just as best as it had to be! :)
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