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Sightings: The Trick of Translation

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Most American playgoers owe a great debt to translators. Were it not for their work, few of us would be able to enjoy the plays of Chekhov, Ibsen or Molière. Yet literary translators are the perpetually unsung heroes and heroines of literature.

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"Yes, translation is by definition an inadequate substitute for being able to read a masterpiece in the original. As Robert Frost famously said, "Poetry is what gets lost in translation." But it's vastly better than nothing, and sometimes it's so much better that a first-rate performance of a well-translated play is not a poor makeshift but a profoundly satisfying experience in its own right.

I suspect that most playgoers don't understand how inexact a science literary translation is. Even the simplest of lines may lend itself to multiple renderings. Take, for instance, Masha's oft-quoted first line in Chekhov's "The Seagull." When Medvedenko asks her why she always wears black, she replies, "I'm in mourning for my life. I'm unhappy." That, at any rate, is the way the line is translated by Milton Ehre, Michael Frayn, Stephen Mulrine, Tom Stoppard, Jean-Claude van Itallie, Laurence Senelick and Christopher Hampton. But Marian Fell, who prepared the first published English-language version of "The Seagull" in 1912, translated it this way: "I dress in black to match my life. I am unhappy." It was Constance Garnett who in 1923 came up with something close to our modern version: "I am in mourning for my life. I am unhappy."

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À la découverte d'une cathédrale construite par un seul homme

À la découverte d'une cathédrale construite par un seul homme | Archivance - Miscellanées | Scoop.it
Justo Gallego Martinez, 90 ans, bâtit une église depuis les années 1960 dans les environs de Madrid en Espagne. Visite en vidéo.
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35 ans après le démantèlement de Corridart - En souvenir d'un grave cas de censure

35 ans après le démantèlement de Corridart - En souvenir d'un grave cas de censure | Archivance - Miscellanées | Scoop.it
Quelques jours avant l'ouverture officielle des Jeux olympiques de Montréal en 1976, Corridart, l'exposition culturelle organisée par le Comité organisateur des Jeux (COJO), a été démantelée par des employés de la Ville de Montréal durant la nuit du 13 juillet et pendant les jours qui suivirent. Les Ĺ“uvres saisies furent envoyées à la fourrière municipale. Cette action clandestine, contraire aux principes démocratiques vantés par nos politiciens de l'époque et ordonnée par le maire Jean Drapeau, a eu lieu sans préavis et sans justification valable ni légale.
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The copyright question behind Obama’s recent publication in a medical journal

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#ObamaJAMA highlights a loophole in copyright law.
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Klaus Weber, Unfolding Cul-de-Sac

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Solo exhibition of Klaus Weber's gallery-sited installation.
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Mohawk Girls, quand la réalité devient fiction

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La série Mohawk Girls achève le tournage de sa quatrième saison à Kahnawake. Souvent comparée à Sex and the City , la série télévisée aborde de manière légère des problèmes qui sont propres aux Premières Nations à travers le quotidien de quatre jeunes femmes mohawks.
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Donald Trump on Sen Elizabeth Warren: 'It's Pocahontas'

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For weeks Donald Trump has been mocking Hillary Clinton ally Elizabeth Warren accusing her of exaggerating her Native American heritage.
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Nun-to-be has her prayers answered as student debt gets paid by crowdfunders

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Student loan debt prevented a New Jersey woman from joining a convent until a Go Fund Me campaign raised more than $14,000 for her.
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‘Since 1990 we have imploded’: Mohawks at Oka won the battle, but may have lost the war

‘Since 1990 we have imploded’: Mohawks at Oka won the battle, but may have lost the war | Archivance - Miscellanées | Scoop.it
Peter Kuitenbrouwer: I expected a feel-good story of progress and success. Instead I found a community struggling with poverty, lawlessness and bitterness
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Le blanchiment des troupes coloniales

Le blanchiment des régiments se définit comme le renvoi et le remplacement des soldats noirs venus d'Afrique par des recrues blanches pour la dernière étap
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La Cour suprême se prononce sur les droits des Métis et des Indiens sans statut

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