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Book Title: If This Be Treason: Translation and its Dyscontents: A Memoir|
The author of the book: Gregory Rabassa
Date of issue: April 17th 2005
ISBN 13: 9780811216197
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.86 MB
Edition: New Directions
Read full description of the books If This Be Treason: Translation and its Dyscontents: A Memoir:Gregory Rabassa's influence as a translator is incalculable. His translations of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude and Julio Cortazar's Hopscotch have helped make these some of the most widely read and respected works in world literature. (Garcia Marquez was known to say that the English translation of One Hundred Years was better than the Spanish original.) In If This Be Treason: Translation and Its Dyscontents Rabassa offers a cool-headed and humorous defense of translation, laying out his views on the art of the craft. Anecdotal, and always illuminating, If This Be Treason traces Rabassa's career, from his boyhood on a New Hampshire farm, his school days "collecting" languages, the two-and-a-half years he spent overseas during WWII, his travels, until one day "I signed a contract to do my first translation of a long work [Cortazar's Hopscotch] for a commercial publisher." Rabassa concludes with his "rap sheet," a consideration of the various authors and the over 40 works he has translated. This long-awaited memoir is a joy to read, an instrumental guide to translating, and a look at the life of one of its great practitioners.
Read information about the authorGregory Rabassa was a literary translator from Spanish and Portuguese to English who taught at Queens College. His translations include works by literary giants such as António Lobo Antunes, Jorge Amado, Mario Vargas Llosa, José Lezama Lima, Gabriel García Márquez and Eça de Queirós.
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