Penguin Book

Is That a Fish in Your Ear?

David Bellos

Is That A Fish in Your Ear? will charm and delight those who love reading. Funny and surprising on every page, it offers readers new insight into the mystery of how we come to know what someone else means - whether we wish to understand Asterix or a foreign head of state. David Bellos shows how much we can learn about ourselves by exploring the ways we use translation - from the historical routes of written language, to the stylistic choices of Ingmar Bergman. Is That A Fish in Your Ear? describes why translation sits deep in human experience, and why we need it in so many situations, from the spread of religion to our appreciation of literature: indeed Bellos claims all great writers are great translators. Written with great joie de vivre and littered with wonderful asides, it promises any reader new eyes through which to understand the world.

David Bellos is Director of the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication at Princeton University, where he is also Professor of French and Comparative Literature. He has won many awards for his translations of Georges Perec, Ismail Kadare and others, including the Man Booker Translator Award, and received the Prix Goncourt de la Biographie for his book on Perec.

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216 x 135mm
Macmillan US (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) (PRH Rights)
Janklow & Nesbit (UK) Ltd
Janklow & Nesbit (UK) Ltd
Janklow & Nesbit (UK) Ltd
Audio (Unabridged)
Janklow & Nesbit (UK) Ltd
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