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Sympathy for the Traitor - A Translation Manifesto (Hardcover): Mark Polizzotti

Sympathy for the Traitor - A Translation Manifesto (Hardcover)

Mark Polizzotti

Series: The MIT Press

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An engaging and unabashedly opinionated examination of what translation is and isn't. For some, translation is the poor cousin of literature, a necessary evil if not an outright travesty-summed up by the old Italian play on words, traduttore, traditore (translator, traitor). For others, translation is the royal road to cross-cultural understanding and literary enrichment. In this nuanced and provocative study, Mark Polizzotti attempts to reframe the debate along more fruitful lines. Eschewing both these easy polarities and the increasingly abstract discourse of translation theory, he brings the main questions into clearer focus: What is the ultimate goal of a translation? What does it mean to label a rendering "faithful"? (Faithful to what?) Is something inevitably lost in translation, and can something also be gained? Does translation matter, and if so, why? Unashamedly opinionated, both a manual and a manifesto, his book invites usto sympathize with the translator not as a "traitor" but as the author's creative partner. Polizzotti, himself a translator of authors from Patrick Modiano to Gustave Flaubert, explores what translation is and what it isn't, and how it does or doesn't work. Translation, he writes, "skirts the boundaries between art and craft, originality and replication, altruism and commerce, genius and hack work." In Sympathy for the Traitor, he shows us how to read not only translations but also the act of translation itself, treating it not as a problem to be solved but as an achievement to be celebrated-something, as Goethe put it, "impossible, necessary, and important."

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Imprint: MIT Press
Country of origin: United States
Series: The MIT Press
Release date: April 2018
First published: 2018
Authors: Mark Polizzotti (Publisher and Editor-in-Chief)
Dimensions: 203 x 137 x 19mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Cloth over boards
Pages: 200
ISBN-13: 978-0-262-03799-0
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Language & linguistics
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LSN: 0-262-03799-8
Barcode: 9780262037990

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