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May 25, 2011

A Good Translation for a Good Book

Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I feel as if just merely mentioning the name should be enough, but I realize that there are some people out there who (gasp !) may not have heard of this wonderful writer. This Colombian author is perhaps most famous for his novel Love in the Time of Cholera (originally written in Spanish) which was made more famous by the film based on the book and released in 2007. Marquez is one of the few novelists that has the capabilities to make me sympathize with the basest of human emotions and reactions and his novels have been great companions of mine for years. Perhaps if you have never read any of his books the best place to start is with an excellent translation. There is no need to point out that if you know Spanish you should be taking advantage of this by reading these novels in their original language, but if you are looking for good translations be sure to look up those of Edith Grossman who is a well known translator of Marquez’ (among other authors) novels. And above all enjoy the reading! :)