Aliens in This World

An ordinary Catholic and a science fiction and fantasy fan.

Wednesday, December 18, 2002

The Translator Is a Traitor

Suddenly I don't feel so bad about my translations. My grasp of Russian and Irish may be tragically inadequate, and my Japanese worse; but at least I'm honest. According to the Boston Globe, Stanislaw Lem has been slaughtered by inadequate and malicious translation of his works.

The moral of the story? Learn a few foreign languages. You'd hate to have a feud with someone over nothing. (It's much more fun to feud with people who mean to insult you....)


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