When should a translator NOT translate?

When should a translator NOT translate?

What sorts of phrases or words are best left in the original language? In 2014, Renée Morel and I published Shipwrecked on Traffic Island and Other Previously Untranslated Gems by Colette. One of the questions that Renée and I mulled over repeatedly in our...

Literary Translation: A Translator’s Perspective

Literary Translation: A Translator’s Perspective

This is the second post in a two-part series. Do read author Luis Sanz Irles’ perspective on our collaboration first. When I was offered the possibility of translating a novel from Spanish into English for an author, I immediately realized two things: what a great...

Literary Translation: An Author’s Perspective

Literary Translation: An Author’s Perspective

By Luis Sanz Irles When I was offered the possibility of having one of my novels translated into English, I immediately realized two things: what a great opportunity it was, and what a challenge. It must have been my lucky week, for I was also given the possibility of...

Literary Translation: An Endless Treasure a Hunt

Literary Translation: An Endless Treasure a Hunt

Did you ever go on treasure hunts as a kid? If not, don't worry. You've likely been on one with every literary translation you undertake. At least, that's what it feels like to me. You sit down at your desk, and one unknown word, vague concept or quote leads you down...

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