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Lives in Translation

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Being bilingual. What does it mean? Living in two languages, between two languages, or in the overlap of two languages? What is it like to write in a language that is not the language in which you were raised? To create in words other than those of your earliest memories, so far from the words of home and childhood and origin? To speak and write in a language other than th ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 15th 2009 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published July 18th 2003)
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May 08, 2017 vicky ✨ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I probably wouldn’t have discovered this book if it wasn’t for a seminar at uni. I’m glad I read it and I’m beyond inspired by this collection of essays, some of which are deeply personal, on the experience of and sentiments towards bilingualism: “What does it mean? Living in two languages, between two languages, or in the overlap of two languages? What is it like to write in a language that is not the language in which you were raised? To create in words other than those of your earliest memor ...more
Francesca Marciano
Today, because of globalization, migration routes, exiles, personal choices, more and more people speak a second language e. This collection of essays by bilingual writers explores what it means to have two languages and how this has affected their work. Being bilingual myself I've found in this book many answers to the many questions I've encountered since I decided to write fiction in English, a language I acquired only later in life. Writing/speaking in the "new" language is a form of betraya ...more
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