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Failing this option, it seems to me, the only option left for the translator is to develop his own multiple level language made up of sequences that he himself con- siders normal and interjecting from time to time expressions that deviate in a consistent way from the dominant language.

With this in mind let us try a different rendition of the passage we have already translated. About twenty years back, he had turned up in town from God knows where, with a pair of britches that were draftier than a barn on account of the many holes, tied with a rope around his waist, and with a raggedy jacket so patched up he looked like a circus clown. He walked barefoot, but his feet were spotless.

He held his liquor so well, when he could scare up enough to buy himself a bottle, that nobody ever saw him even slightly pickled;tough there had been times on Feast days when he had put away quite a few quarts. The italicized words were chosen to convey a subtext normally associated with a slangy, folksy, homespun, Southern vocabulary that mimics though not in an obvious way what Camilleri is doing. No translator expects a perfect correspondance between his version and the original. Trans- lation is like riding a seesaw with the translator sitting on one end and the original author on the other.

The important thing is to maintain a balance that allows peaks and valleys on ei- ther side. Some time the translator will overshoot the target, some- times he will come up short.

I think that after a while the translator would de- velop a sub language that would serve him well whenever his fancy called for it. But it would be almost like speaking in falsetto. The danger to overdue it, of course, would be ever present. This danger must have dawned on Camilleri himself, for as his stories develop, he seems to lighten the dosage of the code-switching to a bare mini- mum and often dropping it altogether. And I must say, he solved the problem by com- pletely ignoring it.

In all fairness to him, I think Sartarelli did a cred- itable job.

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But the code-switching that we have talking about is completely ignored. Poi fu Saro a rompere il silenzio. Puis ce fut Saro qui rompit le silence. To get to the Pasture it took half an hour, if one was slow of foot as they were. The first fifteen minutes they spent without speaking, already sweaty and sticky. It was Saro who broke the silence.

As you can see, neither translator has acknowledged the code- switching or made an attempt to go beyond the surface meaning of the words and even at that level one could be picky and find unfelicitous renderings. In the process, however, he mistrans- lated the sentence. It also means an inability to speak.

The word is strangely onomatopeic. He wanted to convey the considerable energy required to make the carts move forward. Simply pushing or pulling would not do. So here is my tentative version: Pino and Saro started out toward their assigned work area, each leaning forward on his cart. It would take half an hour to walk to the pasture if you moved one foot after the other as slowly as they were doing. They spent the first quarter of an hour, already sweaty and sticky, stubbornly clinging to their silence. Then Saro was the first to speak. Americans generally do not use the word and some would have to look it up in a dictionary. Hence the English translations of his work will inevitably be monovocal. The writings on translation by two household names of literary mod- ernism — Ezra Pound and T.

Eliot — and by two minor modernist and late modernist figures — Arthur Waley and Dorothy L. Sayers — draw attention to how theories of translation have been instrumental in defining the poli- tics of national and literary identity in the twentieth century. My analysis will focus on writers who enjoy the status of original authors Pound and Eliot and writers almost exclusively known for their translating activities Waley or enjoying popularity thanks to their detective fiction and academic credentials Sayers.

This comparison will look at the relationship between modernity and the past, genius and context, and elitism and democratiza- tion, always through the vantage point of theories of translation.

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This will lead me to explore how the politics of translation and the politics of literary history are intertwined. It was not given to the Romans, or generously to their successors, the Ital- ians. Most importantly, his influence derives from the translations of his tragedies which circulated at the time: the Tenne Tragedies e il Heywood and Studley still use the fourteener, but they juxtapose it to the blank verse in the chorus — which gives the transla- tors an opportunity for adding, reducing, omitting and substituting in order to increase the dramatic effect — thus creating a contrast between old and new.

Eliot reads the translations in the Tenne Tragedies as a historical pas- sage from the old Tudor language, still chained to Chaucerian models, to the Elizabethan one, based on Seneca. Such a renewal is not only formal but also semantic, lexical, and epistemological. Eliot develops a notion of English tradition by distin- guishing on the one hand its Anglosaxon past, a non-dramatic past, and on the other the foreign influence, or, even better, the Latin influence a term which in this essay spans from ancient Rome to the Italian Renaissance.

The Elizabethan period is thus the foundation of a notion of Englishness,7 it is the historical locus in which tradition recognises its own origins. Pound is more respon- sible for the XXth Century revolution in poetry than is any other individual — is sure to attack some venerated names. It is based upon a vivid shorthand picture of the operation of nature. In the algebraic figure and in the spoken word there is no natural connection between thing and sign: all depends upon sheer convention. But the Chinese method follows natural suggestion. Chinese poetry has the unique advantage of combining both elements.

It speaks at once with the vividness of painting, and with the mobility of sound. It is, in some sense, more objective than either, more dram[a]tic [sic]. In reading Chinese we do not seem to be juggling mental counters, but to be watching things work out their own fate. Trans- lation, the moving across cultures, and the publication of works with both original and facing translation are thus presented as a way of regenerating the West linguistically and culturally.

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The work lives not by them but despite them. Obscurities inherent in the thing occur when the author is piercing, or trying to pierce into, uncharted regions; when he is trying to express things not yet current, not yet worn into phrases; when he is ahead of the emotional, or philosophic sense as a painter might be ahead of the colour sense of his contemporaries. This is ex- emplary of the very problematic role which translation plays in Pound. Hanno una funzione nel programma educativo del Fascismo anche se non ce ne rendiamo pienamente conto.

Mussolini e Hitler per magnifico intuito seguono le dottrine di Confucio. Non basta leggere una sola volta una sua versione, bisogna, come io stesso continuo a fare, leggere e rileggere il testo originale e ideogrammico col commento accanto. They have a role within the fascist educational programme even though we might not fully realise this. King Vittorio Emanuele is a Confucian sovereign. It is not enough to read once his translation, one must — as I do — read and reread the original text written in ideograms with its facing commentary].

Such a regime is represented by Confucius and Mang Tsze, who represent a different kind of otherness able to rejuve- nate a decadent society. Such Confucius and Mang Tsze are eminently Poundian characters, who are said to be different but mirror what is already there: the totalitarian state. The invisible translator: Arthur Waley Arthur Waley is the first twentieth-century writer to translate the great names in Chinese and Japanese poetry, giving shape to a picture of the East which will dominate the West for over a century.

For Eliot, the original is matter an sich, unknowable by definition: thus, every translation must be rethought as an interpretive exercise bound to its own time, able to enrich and renew the existing poetic tradition. Anna Dolfi Rome: Bulzoni, , Notes 1 T. Eliot London: Faber and Faber, , pp. Litz New York: Garland, , vol. Ta Hsueh. Dai Gaku.


See also Ezra Pound and Japan. Letters and Essays, ed. VIII, pp. This latter taste has occasionally broken out in Europe, notably in twelfth-century Provence and thirteenth-century Tuscany, but it has never held its own for very long. III, pp. Said, Orientalism New York: Pantheon, Alla cieca by Claudio Magris translated by Anne Milano Appel Anne Milano Appel, a former library director and language teacher, has been translating professionally for more than ten years. Sev- eral of her book-length translations have been published, and shorter works that she has authored or translated have appeared in other professional and literary venues.

A versatile and prolific writer, his work includes essays, novels, plays and trav- elogues, often with a blending of genres. Among his works published by Garzanti are: Dietro le parole , Itaca e oltre , Illazioni su una sciabola , Danubio ; published in the United States as Danube in to great acclaim , Stadelmann , Un altro mare , Microcosmi , for which he received the Premio Strega and which appeared in English in as Microcosms , and La mostra He lives in Trieste.

Or better yet, he says, novels are expanded gravestones. To be sure, there are similarities between the two works. Still, the formal differences are the most strikingly apparent. Since Magris is postmodern, in his hands the classical stories of Jason and the Argonauts, Eurydice and Orpheus become upended myths, archetypal narratives turned on their head. In Alla cieca, Ja- son and his crew bring Greek culture but also violence, civilization and barbarism, when they go in search of the Golden Fleece, and the fleece is sullied. She is the woman who protects, the donna-scudo, but also the woman who can lead to ruin.

Both fig- ures are connected with abandonment and loss, as well as with de- liverance and salvation. Nor is it surprising that ambivalence is the dominant note.

The an- swer, like the sea, like life itself, is ambiguous, or rather ambivalent, multi-valent. In a context that embraces the coexistence of opposites, of a multiplicity of values and meanings, the figurehead is both posi- tive and negative… and more. Lei non ha mai provato la paura? Si sa quello che si deve fare e sotto a chi tocca. Ma quel-la sera a Londra, sbarcato dalla Jane, in quella locanda, con quella ragazza, non sapevo chi comandava e chi obbediva.