Collaboration between English novelist and Russian "pirate" translator
Thread poster: Aisha Maniar

Aisha Maniar  Identity Verified
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Nov 1, 2012

Interesting article in the Guardian newspaper today:

"It was when debut novelist Peter Mountford spotted a rogue Russian translator deciding that the characters in said novel were drinking melted shoe polish, rather than getting high from sniffing it, that he first thought about stepping in. So began a bizarre and bewildering correspondence between Mountford and the man illegally translating his novel for a Russian publisher, which has seen the novelist advise the user known as AlexanderIII on everything from the meaning of "the party line" to "a sea of bullshit"...."

Also has interesting comments about the translation process and the relationship between authors and their translators, and writers and their readers.

Helping "piracy" or Mountford to boost sales and acquire a Russian audience? You decide.



RominaZ  Identity Verified
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News also shared in the translation news section Nov 1, 2012

Dear Aisha,

Thanks for sharing the link to the article. I'll include it in the piece of news about this shared on the translation news section of the site

Best regards,


James McVay  Identity Verified
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Author's ego Nov 1, 2012

Aisha Maniar wrote:

Helping "piracy" or Mountford to boost sales and acquire a Russian audience? You decide.


The author probably just couldn't stand seeing a translator mess up his work.


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