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Title: The Laughing Cry of the Translator
Authors: Moore, Gerald
Keywords: Gerald Moore"The Laughing Cry"Contemporary novelDoctorat de I'Université de ParisHenri LopesThe translatorTranslation studies
Issue Date: 1992
Publisher: Campanotto Editore Udine
Source: Gerald Moore, "The Laughing Cry of the Translator", in: Rivista internazionale di tecnica della traduzione n°0, Udine, Campanotto Editore (1992), pp. 123-126
Series/Report no.: Rivista internazionale di tecnica della traduzione
Abstract: The translator must always have in mind that his readership will not be identica! with that of the originai literary text. lts politica! and cultura! formation; its familiarity with the author's world and field of reference; even its racial composition may differ widely from those encountered by the originai work. This raises a question of central critical importance. How far should he make himself the interpretar of those differences? My own answer to this question would be that the translator should exercise this privilege, if at all, rather sparingly and with humility. After all, the fact that the author approved the translation rights is a clear indication of professional confidence that the book can successfully navigate strange seas. And the interactions between the creative imagination and the reader can never be limited or predicted. The translator is employed as a specialist in the craft of translation, not as one in the assessment of his unknown reader's curiosity, knowledge or imaginative scope. lt is well that he should bear this also constantly in mind. But the translator has a relationship not only to the author and the reader. The publisher will have his own views about these matters.
ISSN: 1722-5906
Appears in Collections:Rivista internazionale di tecnica della traduzione n.00 - 1992

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