Diplomat, Actor, Translator, Spy by Bernard TurleDiplomat, Actor, Translator, Spy by Bernard Turle

Diplomat, Actor, Translator, Spy

byBernard TurleTranslated byDan Gunn

Paperback | April 15, 2013

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In recent years theories about translation have proliferated.  Yet surprisingly little has been written about what it actually feels like to be a translator: to spend one's days devoted to the words of another.  Bernard Turle's Diplomat, Actor, Translator, Spy seeks to address certain prevailing translation theories, but above all to give a sense of the true task of the translator -- a daily grind that is anything but abstract.  Through twenty-six alphabetically organized recollections, anecdotes, fantasies, and dreams, he vividly conveys what it is that drew him to becoming a translator, evoking the delights as well as the frustrations of his chosen profession.
 
The original French text is included in an insert.

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Title:Diplomat, Actor, Translator, SpyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 9.5 × 6 × 0.3 inPublished:April 15, 2013Publisher:Sylph EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0956992056

ISBN - 13:9780956992055

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Table of Contents

Alphabet 
Bulimia
Competition Contradiction
Diplomat
Espionage
French
Gender and Personal Pronouns
Hindi
Imitation
Juggling
Kaleidoscope
Line of Beauty
Metaphor
Nonsense
Orient and Occident
Physical, All Too Physical
Quiberon
Repetition Refuge
Savant or Not
Time
Une Chaise, a Chair
Voice
Where, When, Why?
X
Y (Generation)
Z for Zorro

Afterword on the translation and images
      Dann Gunn
Colophon

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“Turle is particularly good on the physicality of being a translator, the terrible slowness of the process as compared with reading, one’s longing to be unchained from one’s computer and the equal desire to keep working.”