Books: Translating German Novellas into English: Schweissinger
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Date: 10-Mar-2014 From: Simon Reber <S.Reberpeterlang.com> Subject: Translating German Novellas into English: Schweissinger E-mail this message to a friend
Title: Translating German Novellas into English
Subtitle: A Comparative Study
Series Title: German Linguistic and Cultural Studies - Band 27
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
Author: Marc J. Schweissinger
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034309844 Pages: 272 Price: U.S. $ 72.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034309844 Pages: 272 Price: U.K. £ 45.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034309844 Pages: 272 Price: Europe EURO 56.00
Translation of fiction is always interpretation. This book discusses the challenges facing translators of fictional works from German into English using as examples English translations of canonical German novellas by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Theodor Storm, Gerhart Hauptmann, Thomas Mann and Franz Kafka.
The author addresses the difficulties of translating in the poststructuralist era, when every fictional work potentially has a large number of interpretations and, therefore, at least the same number of possible translations. Considering interpretations of the original text in detail not only improves the reader’s understanding and ability to criticize the translated text, but it will also provide valuable insight into the possible intentions of the writer. An initial linguistic observation of a target text can therefore lead to a fruitful connection between the linguistic and literary analysis of translated works. This book offers new perspectives on the delicate negotiation of translating source texts for a contemporary audience while maintaining the values, ideas and hidden meanings from the source in relation to its original époque.
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