Dancing on Ropes

Dancing on Ropes Translators and the Balance of History

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'Full of lively stories ... leaves the reader with an awed respect for the translator's task' Economist Would Hiroshima have been bombed if Japanese contained a phrase meaning 'no comment'? Is it alright for missionaries to replace the Bible's 'white as snow' with 'white as fungus' in places where snow never falls? Who, or what, is Kuzma's mother, and why was Nikita Khrushchev so threateningly obsessed with her (or it)? The course of diplomacy rarely runs smooth; without an invisible army of translators and interpreters, it could hardly run at all. Join veteran translator Anna Aslanyan to explore hidden histories of cunning and ambition, heroism and incompetence. Meet the figures behind the notable events of history, from the Great Game to Brexit, and discover just how far a simple misunderstanding can go.

Book information

ISBN: 9781788162647
Publisher: Profile
Imprint: Profile Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 418.02
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 218g
Height: 129mm
Width: 199mm
Spine width: 20mm