Last year, I translated a piece from French to English for Literary Translation and Cultural Mediators in ‘Peripheral’ Cultures by Diana Roig-Sanz and Reine Meylaerts published by Springer. It’s wonderful to see the translation in print along with the contributions from other authors.
As a translator, you constantly have to make decisions on what to do about these little things. Do you just translate them as they are and preserve the Belgian-ness of the book? Or do you convert them into something more familiar for your target readership? If you translate “hostie” to “satellite wafer”, are you then…
“Language is my way of getting a grip on things, of maintaining control in certain situations. Your body is bombarded with zillions of sensory impressions, and by giving them a name, you make them one-dimensional again, manageable,” wrote best-selling Belgian author Lize Spit in her second blog post for The Chronicles. Actually, this is my…