Tuesday, September 20

Traduttori Tradittori

As the Italians say, traduttori, tradittori: translators are traitors. But the translator who shrugs and agrees that “every translation is an interpretation, after all” has too readily embraced the way of the tradittore. The translator who strives for strict fidelity, even knowing its elusiveness, will be less treacherous. In translation, fidelity is the ultimate imperative and trumps every other virtue: even clarity or readability.
On Robert Alter's new translation of the Five Books of Moses...


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