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But translation is also a way of entering new and exciting worlds, and forging links that never before existed. Linda Jaivin has been translating from Chinese for more than thirty years. While her specialty is subtitles, she has also translated song lyrics, poetry and fiction, and interpreted for ABC film crews, Chinese artists and even the English singer Billy Bragg as he gave his take on socialism to some Beijing rockers.

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In Found in Translation she reveals the work of the translator and considers whether different worldviews can be bridged. She pays special attention to China and the English-speaking West, Australia in particular, but also discusses French, Japanese and even the odd phrase of Maori. This is a free-ranging essay, personal and informed, about translation in its narrowest and broadest senses, and the prism — occasionally prison — of culture. Linda Jaivin is the author of novels, stories, plays and essays.

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In she co-edited the acclaimed anthology of translations New Ghosts, Old Dreams: I know I'd regret it later if I only gave this four stars. These collective essays cover a large range of topics relating to language, culture and the art of translating. I listened to the Audio version. I'll return and add more thoughts to this review from subsequent listens.


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So much to think about. Louis Malle film, but knew nothing I know I'd regret it later if I only gave this four stars. Louis Malle film, but knew nothing about the history of the book.

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The highlight of this essay is not Rudd's-rodent-remark but the Translating Writers for Erotic Writing Festival in Byron Bay where the author relates how the person signing for the deaf got the huge applause at the end. So much to talk about on so many areas of the art of translating. Nov 22, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: This is particularly true about the countries in the region with whom we have close economic ties and common interests". She discusses the importance of knowing cultural mores for international relations and the global economy, and she addresses legitimate issues about whether or not poetry can be translated, and about the effects of a mediator between the original and the translation.

Her expertise as a translator of Chinese makes her uniquely qualified to discuss Asian issues in particular. Her anecdotes about misunderstandings and confusions are droll, and she writes with such passion and humour that few could fail to be convinced… If you want to learn about China as surely we all must what could be more easy and enjoyable than reading a good Chinese novel, says Jaivin?

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I can vouch for that. Immensely readable, with unforgettable characters. Before my trip to Russia in , I learned far more about Russian history and culture from its novelists than I did from either of the two Anglo-orientated histories that I read. To read the rest of my review please visit http: Jan 11, Lyn Elliott rated it really liked it Shelves: A lively essay, comprehensive in its coverage of issues around her central arguments that to understand other cultures you need to understand their languages and that translation and interpretation need to work in two directions.

She discusses the power imbalances and narrow vision connected with the dominance of vehicular languages like English, Hindi, Arabic and Mandarin which are used by people from many language backgrounds as vehicles for communication eg in business or on holidays. She draw A lively essay, comprehensive in its coverage of issues around her central arguments that to understand other cultures you need to understand their languages and that translation and interpretation need to work in two directions. I really enjoyed her examples from Asia, China in particular, which open the mind to their different worlds, rather than using all European examples, though those are also fascinating.

This issue of Quarterly Essay also includes the correspondence in response to David Marr's essay on Cardinal George Pell and the Catholic Church's role in child abuse and subsequent coverup.

Found in Translation: In Praise of a Plural World

Jan 25, Ina rated it really liked it. Linda Jaivin has written an intriguing essay on language, words and the role of the translator. She explains the complexity of translating when words have multiple meanings, as well as historical and cultural contexts.

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She also explores translating from one medium to another. Overall, a thought-provoking read. Jan 12, Andrew Pople rated it really liked it. A fascinating insight into the opportunities and benefits afforded to cultures that open themselves up through translation. Linda Jaivin has been translating from Chinese for more than thirty years.

While her specialty is subtitles, she has also translated song lyrics, poetry and fiction, and interpreted for ABC film crews, Chinese artists and even the English singer Billy Bragg as he gave his take on socialism to some Beijing rockers.

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In Found in Translation she reveals the work of the translator and considers whether different worldviews can be bridged. She pays special attention to China and the English-speaking West, Australia in particular, but also discusses French, Japanese and even the odd phrase of Maori. This is a free-ranging essay, personal and informed, about translation in its narrowest and broadest senses, and the prism — occasionally prison — of culture.


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