Bad translators, beware of fans [mod: Harry Potter in Slovenian]
Thread poster: Melzie
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May 30, 2007

see this link for some fun!

[Subject edited by staff or moderator 2007-06-02 10:50]

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Angie Garbarino  Identity Verified
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Interesting Link May 30, 2007

Thank you!

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Anne Goff  Identity Verified
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Ouch! May 30, 2007

Oh that's sad! Is there anyone here who can verify the accuracy of this review?

On a positive note, the value of a good translation will be understood by the next generation in at least one country...

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OMG May 30, 2007

Unfortunately, this sort of thing is not the exception in our profession especially with semi-known publishing companies.


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ViktoriaG  Identity Verified
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What lies beneath Jun 2, 2007

Just simple math: the publisher is in trouble (probably financially, too) and, for very obscure reasons, decides to switch their trusted translator to someone who clearly disappointed the readership in general. Hmmm... is it déjà-vu? Maybe the second translator wasn't as demanding when it came to fixing his rate... Who knows?

Thanks for posting this. Please post a link to this every time you are trying to convince a translator that translating literature is much harder than any other type of translation.

Lastly - I'm really sorry for this guy. He is sooo getting bashed! Wouldn't want to be in his shoes...

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Özden Arıkan  Identity Verified
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Moved the topic Jun 2, 2007

To the forum Literature / Poetry, hoping that it will get the attention it deserves, especially from Slovenian translators.

Their feedback on the following would be really valuable:
There are many contents mistakes, sentences missing or added out of nowhere, inconsistencies, incomprehensible parts, strange newly coined words ... Mr. Gradisnik's writing style does not resemble the original in any way. Long forgotten words and phrases make the Half-Blood Prince sound like it was written ages ago. As a result, kids are complaining on forums that they would need another translation of Mr Gradisnik's translation. Characters speak totally out-of-character, making Half-Blood Prince look like a poor example of fan-fiction. It also lacks appropriate emotional undertones – serious or even sad passages come off as a parody or a burlesque, because of translator's ridiculous choice of words.

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