Co-translating a Chinese Novel: An Attempt at Meaningful Cultural Dialogue

Literary translation is a unique form of translation, and practitioners need to think creatively as they struggle first to decode the source text, and then to convey it in a style that meets the very demanding standards of a reader of fiction.

In a recent co-translation project of a 21st-century Chinese-language novel featuring almost exclusively ethnic Uyghur characters, the close collaboration of two bilingual translators – native English speaker Bruce Humes and myself, a native Chinese speaker – enabled our rendition to touch upon the essence of Uyghur culture and present it in English through meaningful dialogue. Continue reading “Co-translating a Chinese Novel: An Attempt at Meaningful Cultural Dialogue”

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