Marie-Claude Plourde

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Marie-Claude Plourde

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I am a professional freelance translator. I work in the technical field, but I also translate literary works. I love texts that present some challenges to translate!

[SPOILER ALERT: This blog post contains information about the ending of the book Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn, and its translations, especially my own translation in French, L’Isle lettrée. If you don’t already know the ending, and don’t want to know it just yet, don’t read this post now and save it for later.]

Fox jumping over dog

Can one “translate” pangrams?

When I first decided to embark on this translation...

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L'Isle lettrée
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Petit à petits
4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 2013 — 2 editions
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Que dire d'autre sinon que ce livre est mon coup de cœur de l'année? L'ambiance qui se dégage de l'écriture est feutrée et douce. Tout y semble juste.
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
“Why don't you use some sense and try to be more like me? You might live to be a hundred and seven, too."
"Because it’s better to die on one’s feet than live on one’s knees,” Nately retorted with triumphant and lofty conviction. “I guess you’ve heard that saying before.”
“Yes, I certainly have,” mused the treacherous old man, smiling again. “But I’m afraid you have it backward. It is better to live on one’s feet than die on one’s knees. That is the way the saying goes.”
“Are you sure?” Nately asked with sober confusion. “It seems to make more sense my way.”
“No, it makes more sense my way. Ask your friends.”
Joseph Heller
“America is not going to be destroyed " he shouted passionately.
"Never?" prodded the old man softly. "Well..." Nately faltered.
The old man laughed indulgently, holding in check a deeper, more explosive delight. His goading remained gentle. "Rome was destroyed, Greece was destroyed, Persia was destroyed, Spain was destroyed. All great countries are destroyed. Why not yours? How much longer do you really think your own country will last? Forever? Keep in mind that the earth itself is destined to be destroyed by the sun in twenty-five million years or so."
Nately squirmed uncomfortably. "Well, forever is a long time, I guess.”
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Sakyong Mipham
“Of course, we all go through our own experiences. If we do not push ourselves enough, we do not grow, but if we push ourselves too much, we regress. What is enough will change, depending on where we are and what we are doing. In that sense, the present moment is always some kind of beginning.”
Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind

Jonathan Safran Foer
“And nothing inspires as much shame as being a parent. Children confront us with our paradoxes and hypocrisies, and we are exposed. You need to find an answer for every why — Why do we do this? Why don’t we do that? — and often there isn’t a good one. So you say, simply, because. Or you tell a story that you know isn’t true. And whether or not your face reddens, you blush. The shame of parenthood — which is a good shame — is that we want our children to be more whole than we are, to have satisfactory answers.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals

Jonathan Safran Foer
“When I was nine, I had a babysitter who didn't want to hurt anything. She put it just like that when I asked her why she wasn't having chicken with my older brother and me: "I don't want to hurt anything." [...] What our babysitter said made sense to me, not only because it seemed true, but because it was the extension to food of everything my parents had taught me. We don't hurt family members. We don't hurt friends or strangers. We don't even hurt upholstered furniture. My not having thought to include animals in that list didn't make them the exceptions to it. It just made me a child, ignorant of the world's workings. Until I wasn't. At which point I had to change my life.”
Jonathan Safran Foer

Charles Sanders Peirce
“It is the man of science, eager to have his every opinion regenerated, his every idea rationalized, by drinking at the fountain of fact, and devoting all the energies of his life to the cult of truth, not as he understands it, but as he does not yet understand it, that ought properly to be called a philosopher.”
Charles Sanders Peirce

Walt Whitman
“Resist much, obey little.”
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

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