Translating the Garden by M. R. GhanoonparvarTranslating the Garden by M. R. Ghanoonparvar

Translating the Garden

byM. R. Ghanoonparvar

Paperback | November 17, 2010

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Translating a work of literature from one language to another is an art form, in which the translated work becomes a "conduit" through which the reader of one language may pass into the cultural world of another. For the translator, the process of translation offers an intimate experience of the text that is perhaps unavailable even to the author. And yet, as M. R. Ghanoonparvar observes at the outset of this book, "every translation is inevitably a failure, with occasional moments of success."

In Translating the Garden, Ghanoonparvar allows readers to watch him in the process of translating Shahrokh Meskub's Goftogu dar Bagh (Dialogue in the Garden) from Persian into English. This short philosophical work uses a conversation between a writer and a painter to explore Persian perceptions of art, literature, nature, identity, and spirituality. As he translates the text, Ghanoonparvar discusses the myriad decisions that a literary translator faces, from word choices to the problems of conveying cultural concepts and deciphering authorial intent. He also compares some of his translated passages with those of other translators to highlight the uniqueness of each act of translation. The complete English translation of Dialogue in the Garden rounds out the volume.

M. R. Ghanoonparvar is Professor of Persian and Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin.
Title:Translating the GardenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:198 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:November 17, 2010Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0292728565

ISBN - 13:9780292728561


Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Prologue
  • 1. Invitation to the Garden
  • 2. Renditions of the Garden
  • 3. Reflections of the Garden
  • 4. Artificial Paradise
  • 5. The Garden of the Soul
  • 6. The Garden in Exile
  • Epilogue
  • Dialogue in the Garden
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index