Category Archives: Language & Translation

The origin of the word “Winter”

Winter solstice is the day with the fewest hours of sunlight during the whole year. This year, in the Northern Hemisphere, it occurs today, on December 21st. But why is winter called winter? It was the Proto-Germanic wentruz, with the exact same meaning, that gave rise to the Old English “winter”. This, in turn, probably derives from the Proto-Indo-European…
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GREGORY RABASSA

The translator best known for bringing Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude into English, has died this week, at age 94. Rabassa, whose translations include Cortázar’s Hopscotch and Mario Vargas Llosa’s Conversation in the Cathedral, was renowned for the care with which he introduced a host of Latin American writers to the Anglophone…
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Notable Translators: FERNANDO PESSOA

Fernando Pessoa was a Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher, described as one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest poets in the Portuguese language. He also wrote in and translated from English and French. Pessoa had a long career as freelance correspondence translator.…
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