An Author’s View: Michael Cunningham on Translation

Love what he’s saying:

“I encourage the translators of my books to take as much license as they feel that they need. This is not quite the heroic gesture it might seem, because I’ve learned, from working with translators over the years, that the original novel is, in a way, a translation itself. It is not, of course, translated into another language but it is a translation from the images in the author’s mind to that which he is able to put down on paper.”

Found in Translation
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/03/opinion/03cunningham.html

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