Thursday, June 02, 2005

New York Times' Review of Gregory Rabassa's Memoir

The Interpreter, by William Deresiewicz

An interesting review of "IF THIS BE TREASON, Translation and Its Dyscontents. A Memoir", By Gregory Rabassa.

"If translators are the anonymous heroes of contemporary literature, its anonymous superhero is Gregory Rabassa.
The contempt for translation partly reflects a desire to keep literature away from the grubby hands of the great unwashed, who don't know how to appreciate it anyway.
It is also a gesture of monumental bad faith. Has there ever been a writer who actually preferred not to be translated?"

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