Cyril Connolly on Translation

Cyrill Connolly (1903-1974) was an English critic, novelist, and man of letters, founder and editor of Horizon, a magazine of contemporary literature that was a major influence in Britain in its time.

Connolly was himself a translator: Put Out The Light is his translation of Le silence de la mer by Vercors.

He famously said:

"Translating from one language to another is the most delicate of intellectual exercises; compared to translation, all other puzzles, from the bridge to crosswords, seem trivial and vulgar. To take a piece of Greek and put it in English without spilling a drop; what a nice skill!"

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