By Brian James Baer
This quantity offers japanese Europe and Russia as a particular translation region, regardless of major inner variations in language, faith and background. The patience of enormous multilingual empires, which produced bilingual or even polyglot readers, the shared event of “belated modernity” and the longstanding perform of repressive censorship produced a really vivid, profoundly politicized, and hugely noticeable tradition of translation during the zone as a complete. the person members to this quantity research diversified manifestations of this shared translation tradition from the Romantic Age to the current day, revealing literary translation to be from time to time an embarrassing reminder of the region’s cultural marginalization and reliance at the West and at different occasions a style of resistance and a metaphor for cultural supercession. This quantity demonstrates the relevance of this area to the present scholarship on replacement translation traditions and exposes a number of the Western assumptions that experience left the zone underrepresented within the box of Translation reviews.
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To touch closer to home, the French version of Kundera’s essay continually refers to Czechs, Poles, and Hungarians, but consistently overlooks the Slovaks. ” (1984a: 95). In the fifth section, in trying to explain the “disappearance” of the Central European nations, he explains, “The history of the Poles, the Czechs, the Slovaks, the Hungarians has been turbulent and fragmented” (1984a: 103). In the earlier French version of the latter Shifting contexts sentence, he once again refers only to “Les Polonais, les Tchèques, les Hongrois”; the Slovaks were seemingly added specifically for the English version (1983b: 10).
Yet Kundera’s definition of the region is just as significant for what it leaves out, because his “imaginary borders” are “redrawn” in every version of the essay. Considering the great political influence this essay has had for over twenty years, the question of exclusion and inclusion reflects the way that the very concept of Europe has changed since the fall of the “Iron Curtain” in 1989. Kundera’s performance of cultural translation, in Bhabha’s terms, reiterates certain European “assumptions of cultural supremacy” even as it attempts to dismantle the political reality of the “Iron Curtain” between East and West.
The French original follows with a reference to an earlier work on this theme: “Le texte le plus beau et le plus lucide que j’aie jamais lu sur la Russie en tant que civilisation particulière est celui de Cioran, intitulé La Russie et le virus de la liberté, publié dans son livre Histoire et utopie (1960)” [“The most beautiful and lucid text that I’ve ever read concerning Russia as a particular civilization is that of [Emil] Cioran, entitled Russia and the Virus of Liberty, published in his book History and Utopia (1960)”]1 (1983b: 10).
Contexts, Subtexts and Pretexts: Literary translation in Eastern Europe and Russia (Benjamins Translation Library) by Brian James Baer