I'm very excited by the publication of my Quarterly Essay: Found in Translation: In Praise of a Plural World. It will be available from 25 November (2013) in good bookshops around Australia but also universally as an ebook and an audiobook that I recorded myself for Black Inc and Bolinda Books: Found in Translation
From Found in Translation:
"In his preface to a translation of Shakespeare published in 1865, Victor Hugo spoke of the discomposing effect that translation can have on language and culture: 'When you offer a translation to a nation, that nation will almost always look on the translation as an act of violence against itself.'" He noted: 'Bourgeois taste tends to resist the universal spirit.'"
"As for [former Australian Prime Minister] Rudd's comment at the Copenhagen summit on climate change in 2010 that the Chinese were 'trying to rat-f..ck us,' the spokesman for China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs commented: 'I don't know what happened exactly at that time in that place. But I do know Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has always placed great importance on the China-Australia relationship, so I just cannot believe what is being said in those reports.' Translation: 'Rat-f..cker. We'll deal with him in private.'"
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