Vol. 1 No. 1 (2011): Italy-Ireland: Cultural Inter-relations, edited by Donatella Abbate Badin and Fiorenzo Fantaccini
Italy-Ireland: Cultural inter-relations

Translating Memories Into Words. “The Speckled People” and “Il cane che abbaiava alle onde”

Published August 4, 2011
How to Cite
Armellino, E. (2011). Translating Memories Into Words. “The Speckled People” and “Il cane che abbaiava alle onde”. Studi Irlandesi. A Journal of Irish Studies, 1(1), 205-219. https://doi.org/10.13128/SIJIS-2239-3978-9708

Abstract

This article focuses on the memoir The Speckled People, by the Irish-German novelist Hugo Hamilton, and its Italian translation (Il cane che abbaiava alle onde) by Isabella Zani, in order to investigate how the state of verb tense and aspect in an original and its translation may influence time representation and perception. It also deals with the translation of cultural elements and with the translator's difficult task of bridging cultural differences. The instances of my investigation are made the harder to deal with by the fact that the character's language-game is played as an indicator of identity and as such it rests on the edge of untranslatability. This status does not only regard translation but influences the act of reading

 

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