Some Writers Who Never Won A Nobel Prize


The Nobel Prize in Literature has been granted to great writers across the globe, but even today the Swedish Academy has been criticized for having excluded various authors that have made invaluable contributions to the world of literature. The books of English author Virginia Woolf, such as Mrs Dalloway and To the Lighthouse are iconic […]

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A big “spasibo” to translators of the Russian classics


If you’re not planning on learning Russian and learning it fast, this holiday season is the perfect time to treat yourself to a bit of classic Russian literature, English language style, brought to you by renowned translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. My first Russian classic was Crime & Punishment, translated by the Paris-residing couple […]

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The Peculiar New Words Added by Oxford Dictionaries


The editors at OxfordDictionaries.com don’t want to get left behind with all the advances in the English language and so they decided to add a thousand new words to their online dictionary. It’s worth noting that here we’re referring to the popular online dictionary of Oxford University, which is not related to the highly regarded […]

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Translators or Creators?


While we may translate messages from third parties, we nevertheless do so with our own words. Indeed, it is this choice of symbols and meanings that constitutes a creation and gives translators the role of “co-authors.” Translation as a creative action—that is, as co-authorship—is present by default in literary translation, which is impregnated with feelings […]

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Translating Microbes: the Future of Automatic Translation?


In the sci-fi series Farscape, beings from different planets could communicate amongst one another by consuming “translating microbes” which allowed them to understand other languages. Might we one day see something along these lines? Currently, various companies specializing in the area are developing the future of machine translation. What advances might we expect in this […]

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Is it possible to mirror the source?


There is no intellectual feat which can be considered anything but useless, according to Jorge Luis Borges in “Pierre Menard, author of the Quixote”. This affirmation is, however, challenged all throughout the author’s short story, which tells of a man who set out to become the author of the Quixote, centuries after Cervantes’ (in)famous novel […]

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Translating into Moldovan or Romanian?


Romanian is an Indo-European language that belongs to the eastern group of the Romance languages, being the least-known of the Latin languages, coming in at fifth place in terms of number of speakers behind Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. Many people in Serbia, Bulgaria and Ukraine speak it and it is estimated that there are […]

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Poems: reading can be tricky , translating can be a fiasco


For those of us accustomed to reading in more than one language, translated versions of our favorite novels and poetry anthologies can present themselves as a bit problematic. Needless to say that having translations handy (good translations that is) at any given moment is wonderful: one could hardly imagine having to go without their Russian, […]

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