By W. Somerset Maugham

Full of willing observations, autobiographical notes, and the seeds of lots of Maugham's maximum works, A Writer's pc is a distinct and exhilarating check out an outstanding writer's brain at work. From approximately 5 many years, Somerset Maugham recorded an intimate magazine. In it we see the budding of his incomparable imaginative and prescient and his notable occupation as a author. masking the years from his time as a younger clinical scholar in London to a pro international tourist all over the world, it really is playful, sharp witted, and regularly revealing. unquestionably one among his most important works, A Writer's Notebook is a needs to for Maugham enthusiasts and a person drawn to the artistic procedure.

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Example: “the charge against him” (four words) becomes “l’accusation portée contre lui” (“the charge brought against him,” five words). When the amplification is obligatory, the effect is called dilution. Example: “le bilan” (“the balance”) becomes “the balance sheet” (1958/1972: 183). ), where a target-text word grammatically requires the support of another word. ” ■ ■ Reduction (économie): The opposite of amplification (take the above examples in the opposite direction). Explicitation: The translation gives specifications that are only implicit in the start text (1958/1972: 9).

6 The Virtues of Natural Equivalence Natural equivalence is the basic theory in terms of which the other paradigms in this book will be defined. Its role is foundational, at least within the narrative that we are creating (soon we will see how historical the idea of natural equivalence actually is). All the following paradigms will be able to say bad things about natural equivalence. So let me quickly state a few of the good things that can be said about it: 1. In a context where structuralism seemed to make translation theoretically impossible, natural equivalence defended translation as a vital social practice.

We begin to have doubts, as one always does when moving from one language to another, when our SLIPPERY WHEN WET reappears around a bend, followed by the French GLISSANT SI HUMIDE. , as the Lone Ranger would say, let’s pause a while on this SOFT SHOULDER, thankfully caressed by no translation, and meditate on this SI, this “if,” more slippery itself than an acre of ice. No monolingual speaker of French would ever have come straight out with the phrase, nor would they have sprayed paint over the road for the sake of a long adverb ending in—MENT.

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