A Bit of Advice on Translation from Leon Wieseltier

Leon Wieseltier, annoyed by what he regards as a dreadful translation of the Haggadah, offers an important distinction for would-be translators to consider:

All translation is interpretation, since it is a choice among meanings; but translation is not the same activity as interpretation. A good translation of a troubling text will preserve the reason for the trouble, and thereby leave open the gates of interpretation.


When is Leon Wieseltier going to come out with a collection of his thought-provoking essays?

Just asking.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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