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Thread poster: Gala Arias
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Sep 1, 2009

Hello everybody:

My name is Gala Arias and I'm a translator from Spain. I am now working in my PdH degree and I have to find out the origin of this quotation from Umberto Eco:

Translation is the art of failure


Can you inform me about the name of the book where it appears? Do you know how is it in english?

Many thanks in advance. ¡Gracias por todo!

Un saludo,

Gala.


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Dire quasi la stessa cosa Sep 1, 2009

The sentence is taken from the book "Dire quasi la stessa cosa. Esperienze di traduzione" (2003). It has been translated into Spanish (Decir casi lo mismo)

In the following link you will find some reference:
http://www.umbertoeco.it/CV/BOOKS.htm

Hope this helps!


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Gracie mile Sep 1, 2009

Thank you very much for your fast and helpful answer!

Muchísimas gracias desde España.

Gala.


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Italian version? Sep 1, 2009

Sorry I forgot to ask again about the italian version of the quotation. can you inform me about that?

Thank you very much.


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Translation is the art of failure Sep 1, 2009

This sentence in Italian would be like:

"La traduzione è l'arte del fallire"

I'm sorry but I don't have Eco's book at disposal right now, so I cannot find the original sentence.

Glad to help you out


[Edited at 2009-09-01 13:52 GMT]


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L'arte del compromesso Sep 11, 2009

As far as I can remember, the sentence in the book is "La traduzione è lì'arte del compromesso" (unfortunately, the book wasn't mine and I dont'have it anymore).

I'm not sure, but the sentence you mention comes from some article, rather than from a book.

manuela


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