Dancing on Ropes: Translators and the Balance of History (Hardback)Anna Aslanyan (author)
- 10+ in stock
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 442 g
Dimensions: 218 x 140 x 36 mm
Full of lively stories ... leaves the reader with an awed respect for the translator's task * Economist *
Wide-angled and reader-friendly ... Aslanyan covers huge swathes of territory with a pleasantly light touch ... A singular achievement -- Boyd Tonkin * Spectator *
Engaging ... Aslanyan's compendium of tales of interpreters at work spans not just the globe but historical experience ... [She] doesn't merely pay homage to her forebears in this honourable profession. Her deeper purpose is to get us to consider the future: to drive home the point that while this may be an era of machine-learning, it's too soon to dispense with the human professionals -- Bridget Kendall * Literary Review *
Ranges engagingly across period, geography and media ... Illumine[s] both the complexities of the craft and the thorny question of the translator's agency -- Sarah Watling * Times Literary Supplement *
Joyous ... A real treat -- Robert Fox * Reaction *
Anna Aslanyan compellingly recounts ... verbal exploits [and] miscommunications ... weaving in anecdotes from her experience as a Russian-English interpreter and translator -- Emily Lawford * Prospect *
This richly stocked treasure-house of stories about the amazing exploits of translators introduces us to a huge cast of heroes. With engaging lucidity, Anna Aslanyan explains the complexities and conundrums that language professionals have grappled with over the ages, showing just how much skill, courage, ingenuity and wit they have deployed to keep the peace, spread the word and foster conversation among the peoples of the world -- David Bellos, author * Is That A Fish In Your Ear? *
A colourful tribute to the translators and interpreters slogging away throughout history, oiling - or clogging - the wheels of diplomacy and culture. Flitting from saints to cheats, drudges to adventurers, pedants to geniuses, Aslanyan sketches a lively history of an underrated art. Highly enjoyable -- Gaston Dorren, author * Lingo *
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