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Gregory Rabassa's influence as a translator is incalculable. His translations of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude and Julio Cortazar's Hopscotch have helped make these some of the most widely read and respected works in world literature. (Garcia Marquez was known to say that the English translation of One Hundred Years was better than the Spanish original.)

In If This Be Treason: Translation and Its Dyscontents Rabassa offers a cool-headed and humorous defense of translation, laying out his views on the art of the craft. Anecdotal, and always illuminating, If This Be Treason traces Rabassa's career, from his boyhood on a New Hampshire farm, his school days collecting languages, the two-and-a-half years he spent overseas during WWII, his travels, until one day "I signed a contract to do my first translation of a long work [Cortazar's Hopscotch] for a commercial publisher." Rabassa concludes with his rap sheet, a consideration of the various authors and the over 40 works he has translated.

This long-awaited memoir is a joy to read, an instrumental guide to translating, and a look at the life of one of its great practitioners.

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"[In one] essay [Rabassa] declares his 'ultimate dissatisfaction with any translation I have done.' Grateful readers of these works in English will disagree." Kirkus Reviews

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Gregory Rabassa is a poet, biographer, critic, professor, and a translator. He has been honored for his translations of works by authors such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Mario Vargas Llosa.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780811216197
Author:
Rabassa, Gregory
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Translating & Interpreting
Subject:
Translating and interpreting
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Publication Date:
20050431
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.34x5.72x.85 in. .88 lbs.

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