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Lost in Translation : An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words

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Did you know that the Japanese have a word to express the way sunlight filters through the leaves of trees? Or that there's a Swedish word that means a traveller's particular sense of anticipation before a trip? Lost in Translation brings the nuanced beauty of language to life with 50 beautiful ink illustrations. The words and definitions range from the lovely, such as goya, the Urdu word to describe the transporting suspension of belief that can occur in good storytelling, to the funny, like the Hawaiian pana po'o, which describes the act of scratching your head to remember something you've forgotten. This is a collection is full of surprises that will make you savour the wonderful, elusive, untranslatable words that make up a language.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 112 pages
  • 178 x 198 x 13mm | 411g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • SQUARE PEG
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Full colour throughout
  • 0224100807
  • 9780224100809
  • 15,500

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"...a collection of words you never knew you needed before" Huffington Post "Charming illustrations and sheer linguistic delight" -- Maria Popova Brainpicker "words you never knew you needed but now can't live without" Saga Magazine "...a fantastic collection of words without English counterparts" Entertainment Weekly "... will make you think, laugh and discover situations you never knew there was a word for" ELLE Canadashow more

About Ella Frances Sanders

Ella Frances Sanders is a writer out of necessity and an illustrator by accident. She currently lives and works in the city of Bath, UK, without a cat. Her first book, Lost in Translation - An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words is an international bestseller, and her second book The Illustrated Book of Sayings - Curious Expressions from Around the World was published in September 2016. She can be found at ellafrancessanders.com and various other social media placesshow more

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