When the time comes to translate books written in a foreign language, there are a few things to keep in mind. The most important thing is for the translation agency or translator to ensure that the work is translated in the proper manner. There are a few books that every translator should read in order to discover different cultures.
Bonjour Tristesse is a wonderful book that has been written by a writer called Francoise Sagan. Its opening lines are truly remarkable and require the skill and knowledge of a good translator to convey the meaning properly. Remember that translation really does matter. It has always been important and it should be taken seriously because only then can the true meaning be conveyed to the reader.
Today, proper translation is the need of the hour because foreign literature has begun to find its place in English speaking countries as well as in the rest of the world. Publishers and booksellers are very much interested in capitalizing on the appetite of readers who are looking for the top books to discover different cultures. Here is a look at some books that you really should read if you are serious about discovering foreign cultures.
The Sexual Life of an Islamist in Paris
The Sexual Life of an Islamist in Paris has been written by a woman author by the name of Leila Marouane. This wonderfully interesting book is about a wealthy bank manager living in Paris. He was born in Algeria and from living a life devoted to his family and religion, he, BasileTocquard moves to Paris where he gets involved in shopping sprees at the best boutiques in Paris. This is a book about his adventures in Paris written by a female who does not find it necessary to reveal the hero in the light we think he deserves.
Delirium is another book that every translator and ordinary person should read. This book was written by Laura Restrepo. She has created a book about Eros and insanity. The hero sells dog meat in order to make ends meet, and on a trip home, he suddenly finds out that his wife has gone mad. He searches for reasons why his wife went mad in his absence and slowly he begins to discover the shadowy truths that reveal to him some very interesting and hitherto hidden truths about his wife.
Girls of Riyadh
Girls of Riyadh is a book written by Rajaa Alsanea. This author has taken a bold step to reveal some unknown truths about Saudi women. He reveals their private lives and how they come to grips with the conflicts involving their culture and the Western world. This book has caused a real sensation and is now available after being translated into English.
In this book, Saudi women who have been living in repressive Riyadh travel to different parts of the world and slowly but surely shed their inhibitions as they look for love and fulfilment away from home. They end up living a life that is part Western and part Islamic. Altogether, this is a wonderful book that has been translated perfectly into English.