Translation – the transfer of words from one language to another? It is, and so much more than just that. Translators are travellers and intermediaries between cultures. We look at the way they work, talk about the intricacies and pitfalls of translation, and ask about the role of literature in translation in their country.

Translation or the Art of Carrying Across
By Hartmut Fähndrich

When speakers of German and Arabic meet to discuss translation, there are likely to be shining eyes on both sides. After all, some of the “highlights” in the history of both cultures are indissolubly linked with the activities of translators. Two of them, in fact, represent turning points in the history of human civilisation as a whole.

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