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Ultima modifica: 11 Gen 2010

To convey the writings of other languages is a noble and necessary art

From timesonline.co.uk, 11 January 2010

“Translation”, wrote Anthony Burgess, “is not a matter of words only: it is a matter of making intelligible a whole culture.” In making intelligible the cultures of other tongues, translators have shaped the culture and history of the English-speaking world. No book has influenced British life more than the King James Bible — the most famous of English translations and the greatest work of literature ever written by committee. The Iliad, The Odyssey and The Arabian Nights are part of the nation’s cultural inheritance, yet few native English speakers now read ancient Hebrew, classical Greek or Arabic — or, for that matter, any other foreign language. These works have been absorbed by generations through the efforts of translators.

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