In Other Words
We all have experience of using a different language - professionally or in our personal life. We all know the dfficulties involved, but also the satisfaction that comes from coming to master the key that opens the door to another culture.
The book by Jhumpa Lahiri, In Other Words, explores both the practical and the emotional side of using another language. She is of Bengali origin, a professional writer in English, winner of the Pulitzer, and chose to write this book in Italian, a language not imposed on her by circumstances. A fascinating book in many ways.
Of course, many books deal with translating thoughts and feelings from one language to another - and not only from one written/spoken language to another, but from a medium to another: making a movie from a book, for example, is an example of translation. Mouse or Rat by Unberto Eco, for example, deals with this kind of translation. Another book, The Map and the Territory, by Michel Houllebecq, deals with translating reality (the territory) into visual art (the map); anothe rfascinating book - I would leave it for one of the next activities - Houllebecq had been suggested some time ago.
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