Featuring: Zhiling Gao, Han Yujoo, Yi Sha; moderated by Kelly Falconer
Location: The Bookworm
Event Code: BW26D
Translating a text requires deconstructing it at every level. Vladimir Nabokov, in his essay “The Art of Translation,” outlines the various pitfalls that threaten every translator, and deduces three requirements that good translators must fulfill. The third of those: “…while having genius and knowledge he must possess the gift of mimicry and be able to act, as it were, the real author’s part by impersonating his tricks of demeanor and speech, his ways and his mind, with the utmost degree of verisimilitude.” It’s a difficult and humbling task, one that our panel of literary translators knows well. How do they do it, and why?