Great article on literary writing and translation by Michael Cunningham. I am going to quote something I found really interesting: “I encourage the translators of my books to take as much license as they feel that they need. This is not quite the heroic gesture it might seem, because I’ve learned, from working with translators over the years, that the original novel is, in a way, a translation itself. It is not, of course, translated into another language but it is a translation from the images in the author’s mind to that which he is able to put down on paper.” Definitely worth reading. Do it here.
This article provides us with good examples when machine translation was really useful and probably the best solution to the translation needs at the moment. It also shows how useful it can be for some translators for some translations. This is definitely and amazing subject and a tool that has improved a lot in the past years. And no translator should underestimate it.
Written by David Bellos, director of the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication at Princeton.
Good article on the need of translating more literature into English in the USA. “Most important, we confront a hovering and constant threat to civil liberties as we reduce the number of translations we publish. The free exchange of literary ideas, insights, and intuitions — a basic reciprocity of thought facilitated by the translation of works from other cultures — is central to a free society. Dictators know this: They place tremendous importance on language, how it is used, to what end, and by whom. Imprisoned writers, banned books, censored media, restrictions on translations, even repeated attempts to abolish what are called “minority” languages are all clear indications that tyrannies take language, books, and access to information and ideas very seriously. Democracies have an obligation to take these matters even more seriously — and at the moment, the English-speaking world is failing in that task.” Read it here. Found it LinkedIn, posted by Rina Ne’eman.