Is That a Fish in Your Ear?: The Amazing Adventure of Translation (Paperback)
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Description"Is That a Fish in Your Ear?" by David Bellos asks: how do we really make ourselves understood to other people? This funny, wise and life-affirming language book shows how, from puns to poetry, news bulletins to the Bible, Asterix to Swedish films, translation is at the heart of everything we do - and makes us who we are. Selected by "The New York Times" as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2011. "A wonderful, witty book ...richly original, endlessly fascinating ...for anyone interested in words". ("Economist", Books of the Year). "A scintillating bouillabaisse ...spiced with good and provocative things". ("Literary Review"). "Dazzlingly inventive". ("The New York Times"). "Clear and lively...There is nothing quite like it". ("Spectator").
- Published: 06 September 2012
- Format: Paperback 400 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780241954300 ISBN 10: 0241954304
- Sales rank: 30,311
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Is That a Fish in Your Ear / David Bellos
This is an extremely intelligent book that deals with more than I expected. It is still a book about translation, but it is above all a book that shows how much the act of translation really implies and affects. It is not the light read (I thought) the cover kind of makes it out to be, but it is definitely one of the best books I've read this year. An incredible book for anyone interested in translation or language or culture, or for anyone who loves reading good, witty writing. It's also possible to read chapters as stand-alones as they deal with very diverse topics and don't overlap too much. If you are buying this book, enjoy! :) by Rose