If This Be Treason: Translation and Its Dyscontents, A Memoir

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The long-awaited memoir and meditation on the art of translating by the most acclaimed American translator of Latin American literature.

Gregory Rabassa's influence as a translator is incalculable. His translations of Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude and Julio Cortázar's Hopscotch have helped make these some of the most widely read and respected works in world literature. (García Márquez was known to say that the English translation of One Hundred Years was better than the Spanish original.) In If This Be Treason: Translation and Its Dyscontents Rabassa offers a cool-headed and humorous defense of translation, laying out his views on the art of the craft. Anecdotal, and always illuminating, If This Be Treason traces Rabassa's career, from his boyhood on a New Hampshire farm, his school days "collecting" languages, the two-and-a-half years he spent overseas during WWII, his travels, until one day "I signed a contract to do my first translation of a long work [Cortázar's Hopscotch] for a commercial publisher." Rabassa concludes with his "rap sheet," a consideration of the various authors and the over 40 works he has translated. This long-awaited memoir is a joy to read, an instrumental guide to translating, and a look at the life of one of its great practitioners.

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Gregory Rabassa was born in Yonkers in 1922. He studied at Dartmouth, and in 1942 he volunteered for the Army, serving in the Office of Strategic Services. When he returned to the US after the war, he received a Ph.D. from Columbia. His English translations of works by such literary giants as Jorge Amado, Julio Cortázar, Mario Vargas Llosa, José Lezama Lima, and Gabriel García Márquez have become classics in their own right. He is presently a Distinguished Professor of Romance Languages and Comparative Literature at Queens College, New York.

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