A writer is …
A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
Mann was a German writer famous for Death in Venice (remember the strangely haunting Dirk Bogarde film?) and The Magic Mountain.
The latter made me aware of translation. On a whim, I’d bought an expensive, hardback edition of the novel. I started it and determined to take it on holiday. My copy was too bulky and too fine to lug to Austria and slather in sun-cream so I found a paperback … which was oh, so different in tone and language. The same novel, the same underlying German, but a very different English outcome.
And, of course, translations change over time and need to change over time. A contemporary translation of Marcus Aurelius, written in the 1960s has a different nuance from one written more recently. Each interpreted for its time, but which is truer not just to the words, but to the intent?Books, Content Marketing, Marketing, Social Media, Writing