Tips for translating a novel.
Thread poster: Cinzia Pasqualino

Cinzia Pasqualino  Identity Verified
Italy
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English to Italian
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Aug 9, 2019

First of all, I read the novel, then I read each chapter again and translate it. Some translators don't read the novel first but prefer to read each chapter of the novel and translate it. Which method do you use?

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Ali Sharifi  Identity Verified
United States
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English to Farsi (Persian)
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Reading the entire novel first a must for me. Aug 10, 2019

Cinzia Pasqualino wrote:

First of all, I read the novel, then I read each chapter again and translate it. Some translators don't read the novel first but prefer to read each chapter of the novel and translate it. Which method do you use?

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Reading the entire novel gives me a sense of the message/story/environment of the novel and my translation will move in that environment. Otherwise, there will be necessary to make a lot of adjustments.


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Lauren Barrett
United Kingdom
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Member (2019)
Japanese to English
I like to read the whole book and focus on the author's style Apr 21

Personally, I would read through the book first and highlight any literary techniques as I go. This way I can really analyse the ST author's style by highlighting any techniques that are used repetitively throughout the novel and which are key to the author's style.

If I were to translate a chapter at a time, such stylistic choices might go unnoticed and result in a translation that loses the author's style. Plus, knowing the whole story in detail will also make me aware of any for
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Personally, I would read through the book first and highlight any literary techniques as I go. This way I can really analyse the ST author's style by highlighting any techniques that are used repetitively throughout the novel and which are key to the author's style.

If I were to translate a chapter at a time, such stylistic choices might go unnoticed and result in a translation that loses the author's style. Plus, knowing the whole story in detail will also make me aware of any foreshadowing, which could also impact word choices.

Basically, the more information I have to base my choices on, the better!
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Bosnia and Herzegovina
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German to Serbian
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Some tips. Apr 21

I don’t translate novels as it’s paid really badly (or not paid at all and based on royalties only) but some of the common steps include:

- studying novel background
- studying author’s biography and his general literary/novel corpus and style
- studying historical background
- reading the full novel and analysis of its themes, ideas and topics
- preparing translation methodology
- starting translating chapter by chapter - 1st draft
- revisi
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I don’t translate novels as it’s paid really badly (or not paid at all and based on royalties only) but some of the common steps include:

- studying novel background
- studying author’s biography and his general literary/novel corpus and style
- studying historical background
- reading the full novel and analysis of its themes, ideas and topics
- preparing translation methodology
- starting translating chapter by chapter - 1st draft
- revision of several drafts until a final draft is reached
- editorial and posteditorial procedures and processes
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