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Jun 10, 2003

Umberto Eco on the art of creating a legend, translation and what distinguishes 'literature' from 'light fiction'?
Umberto Eco looks to the past for an answer.

http://books.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,12084,758139,00.html

Giuli

[Edited at 2003-06-10 12:55]


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Thank you, Giuli! Jun 10, 2003

It is well worth reading.
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I'm glad you enjoyed it as well ! Jun 12, 2003

Attila Piroth wrote:

It is well worth reading.
Attila



You are very kind.


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Extremely interesting! Jun 17, 2003

Thanks for sharing. One thing: They didn't cite who translated the article!

Too bad.

Also, the article seems slightly truncated. One gets the feeling that it had to be edited heavily for length. The final phrase leaves one expecting examples.

Just an observation. Ciao!
Katy


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I think you're right, and yes - what a shame the translator wasn't credited Jun 17, 2003

Katherine Zei wrote:

Thanks for sharing. One thing: They didn't cite who translated the article!

Too bad.

Also, the article seems slightly truncated. One gets the feeling that it had to be edited heavily for length. The final phrase leaves one expecting examples.



Just an observation. Ciao!
Katy



I'll try and find out who did it.
(I don't know if you already know this in Italian, but it amused me..... http://www.simongrant.org/web/eco.html
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Giuli




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I suspect... Jun 26, 2003

I suspect this is taken from Eco's last book, which has recently been published in Italy (Bompiani), and which is called "Dire quasi la stessa cosa". However, if it's not exactly the same passage, there's a chapter dedicated to the Count of Montecristo, which he started to translate but eventually gave up.
I've just started reading this book but I recommend you to read it (if you can!), because it is extremely useful, since it tries to elaborate a sort of "translation theory", but exclusively based on real experiences of translation.

I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

Cecilia


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Fascinating reading, thank you! Jul 6, 2003


I calculated that I had saved the reader at least 25% reading time by shortening Dumas's language. But then I realised that it was exactly those extra words and repetition that had a fundamental strategic function ..


Food for thought, people!


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