A "New York Times" Notable Book for 2011 Funny and surprising on every page, "Is That a Fish in Your Ear? "offers readers new insight into the mystery of how we come to know what someone else means--whether we wish to understand Asterix cartoons or a foreign head of state. Using translation as his lens, David Bellos shows how much we can learn about ourselves by exploring the ways we use translation, from the historical roots of written language to the stylistic choices of Ingmar Bergman, from the United Nations General Assembly to the significance of James Cameron's "Avatar." "Is That a Fish in Your Ear? "ranges across human experience to describe why translation sits deep within us all, and why we need it in so many situations, from the spread of religion to our appreciation of literature; indeed, Bellos claims that all writers are by definition translators. Written with joie de vivre, reveling both in misunderstanding and communication, littered with wonderful asides, it promises any reader new eyes through which to understand the world. In the words of Bellos: "The practice of translation rests on two presuppositions. The first is that we are all different: we speak different tongues, and see the world in ways that are deeply influenced by the particular features of the tongue that we speak. The second is that we are all the same--that we can share the same broad and narrow kinds of feelings, information, understandings, and so forth. Without "both "of these suppositions, translation could not exist. Nor could anything we would like to call social life. Translation is another name for the human condition."
About the Author :
David Bellos has contributed to Is That a Fish in Your Ear? : Translation and the Meaning of Everything as an author.
Bellos is professor of French at Princeton University, won the Prix Goncourt de la Biographie for his life of Georges Perec. He is also the award-winning translator of Perec's Life: A User's Manual and other novels.
|Title:||Is That a Fish in Your Ear? : Translation and the Meaning of Everything||Publisher:||Faber & Faber|
|No. of Pages:||373|
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