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Why Translation Matters

Why Translation Matters Description:

i Why Translation Matters i argues for the cultural importance of translation and for a more encompassing and nuanced appreciation of the translator s role As the acclaimed translator Edith Grossman writes in her introduction My intention is to stimulate a new consideration of an area of literature that is too often ignored misunderstood or misrepresented br br For Grossman translation has a transcendent importance Translation not only plays its important traditional role as the means that allows us access to literature originally written in one of the countless languages we cannot read but it also represents a concrete literary presence with the crucial capacity to ease and make more meaningful our relationships to those with whom we may not have had a connection before Translation always helps us to know to see from a different angle to attribute new value to what once may have been unfamiliar As nations and as individuals we have a critical need for that kind of understanding and insight The alternative is unthinkable br br Throughout the four chapters of this bracing volume Grossman s belief in the crucial significance of the translator s work as well as her rare ability to explain the intellectual sphere that she inhabits as interpreter of the original text inspires and provokes the reader to engage with translation in an entirely new way

Rating: 3.26 out of 5

The Golden Age: Poems of the Spanish Renaissance

The Golden Age: Poems of the Spanish Renaissance Description:

Presents translations and original text of forty key poetic works from the Spanish Renaissance with capsule biographies of such literary figures as Garcilaso de la Vega Fray Luis de Leon Lope de Vega and Luis de G ongora

Rating: 3.76 out of 5

The Solitudes of Luis de Gongora

The Solitudes of Luis de Gongora Description:

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Rating: 3.53 out of 5

The Antipoetry of Nicanor Parra

The Antipoetry of Nicanor Parra Description:

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Rating: 3.57 out of 5

Love in the Time of Cholera

Love in the Time of Cholera Description:

In their youth Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy well born doctor Florentino is devastated but he is a romantic As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in affairs yet he reserves his heart for Fermina Her husband dies at last and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral Fifty years nine months and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina he will do so again

Rating: 3.73 out of 5

Don Quixote

Don Quixote Description:

Edith Grossman s definitive English translation of the Spanish masterpiece Widely regarded as the world s first modern novel and one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written em Don Quixote em chronicles the famous picaresque adventures of the noble knight errant Don Quixote of La Mancha and his faithful squire Sancho Panza as they travel through sixteenth century Spain Unless you read Spanish you ve never read em Don Quixote em

Rating: 3.34 out of 5

Memories of My Melancholy Whores

Memories of My Melancholy Whores Description:

Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature br p Garc a M rquez has composed with his usual sensual gravity and Olympian humor a love letter to the dying light John Updike i The New Yorker i br p p i On the eve of his ninetieth birthday a bachelor decides i to give himself a wild night of love with a virgin As is his habit he has purchased hundreds of women he asks a madam for her assistance The fourteen year old girl who is procured for him is enchanting but exhausted as she is from caring for siblings and her job sewing buttons she can do little but sleep Yet with sleeping beauty at his side it is he who awakens to a romance he has never known br p p Tender knowing and slyly comic i Memories of My Melancholy Whores i is an exquisite addition to the master s work br p p Luminous The cunning of i Memories i lies in the utter and utterly unexpected reliability of its narrator i The New York Times Book Review i br p p Masterful Erotic As hypnotizing as it is disturbing i Los Angeles Times i br p p Profoundly haunting Fiction of the very highest order i The Times Literary Supplement i p

Rating: 3.69 out of 5

The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll

The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll Description:

Maqroll the Gaviero the Lookout is one of the most alluring and memorable characters in the fiction of the last twenty five years His extravagant and hopeless undertakings his brushes with the law and scrapes with death and his enduring friendships and unlooked for love affairs make him a Don Quixote for our day driven from one place to another by a restless and irregular quest for the absolute lvaro Mutis s seven dazzling chronicles of the adventures and misadventures of Maqroll have won him numerous honors and a passionately devoted readership throughout the world Here for the first time in English all these wonderful stories appear in a single volume in Edith Grossman s prize winning translation

Rating: 3.73 out of 5

Dream of the Celt

Dream of the Celt Description:

Paperback Pub Date Publisher Farrar Strau and Giroux In the Irish nationalist Roger Casement was hanged by the itish government for by treason Casement had dedicated HIS extraordinary life to improving the plight of oppressed Peoples around the world especially the native populations in the Belgian Congo and the Amazon but when he dared to draw a parallel between the injustices he witnessed in African and American colonies and those committed by the itish in Northern Ireland he became involved in a cause that led to his imprisonment and execution Ultimately the scandals surrounding Casement s trial and eventual hanging tainted his image to such a degree that his pioneering human rights work wasn t fully reexamined until the s Vargas Llosa who has long been regarded as one of Latin America s most viant provocative and necessary literary voices

Rating: 3.41 out of 5

The Feast of the Goat

The Feast of the Goat Description:

Haunted all her life by feelings of terror and emptiness forty nine year old Urania Cabral returns to her native Dominican Republic and finds herself reliving the events of when the capital was still called Trujillo City and one old man terrorized a nation of three million Rafael Trujillo the depraved ailing dictator whom Dominicans call the Goat controls his inner circle with a combination of violence and blackmail In Trujillo s gaudy palace treachery and cowardice have become a way of life But Trujillo s grasp is slipping There is a conspiracy against him and a Machiavellian revolution already underway that will have bloody consequences of its own In this masterpiece of Latin American and world literature and one of the finest political novels ever written Bookforum Mario Vargas Llosa recounts the end of a regime and the birth of a terrible democracy giving voice to the historical Trujillo and the victims both innocent and complicit drawn into his deadly orbit br

Rating: 3.69 out of 5