sábado, 20 de março de 2010

Talking about Translation

Yesterday I was talking to friends and fellow Brits who are also colleagues about the ups and downs of the translator's life (one observation struck me - a translator isn't just a ghost writer, he/she is a ghost!).  If you have any observations you'd like to share (in English, Spanish, French or Portuguese), please send them to me at sabrina (dot) gledhill (at) gmail (dot) com and I'll post them on this blog so we can start up a true forum for sharing ideas and experiences and perhaps even attenuate that sense of "ghostliness" we all seem to share.

                                                                                                      Sabrina

segunda-feira, 8 de março de 2010

Dancer who lost her leg in Haiti earthquake: "I want to dance again" - Times Online

Dancer who lost her leg in Haiti earthquake: "I want to dance againâ" - Times Online
 Excerpt:
As we spoke, a nurse came to change the dressing on her stump and she lent back on the mattress and breathed in sharply, her eyelids fluttering. Did she still hope to dance again? “Yes,” she said. “If it’s possible. But I don’t know if it is.”
How difficult would it be to live with this kind of disability in a country such as Haiti?
This was the question our translator could not stand.
“Don’t talk to her about these things!” he shouted, shaking his head at me. “Don’t talk to her about Haiti. They can do nothing for her here. Talk about something else. Please!” There was an awkward silence, in which I tried to think of something else to say. Then Jean started talking. “She says she wants to know if there is anything you can say or do to help her situation,” said our translator, resuming normal service once more.

sábado, 6 de março de 2010

Palestinian Sees Lesson Translating an Israeli’s Work - NYTimes.com

Palestinian Sees Lesson Translating an Israeli’s Work - NYTimes.com

Published: March 6, 2010
In memory of a son killed in a terrorist attack, a Palestinian lawyer paid for an Arabic translation of the autobiography of Israel’s most prominent author and dove, Amos Oz.