How to identify particularly good French translations of English books?
April 9, 2014 4:58 PM Subscribe
My SO prefers reading in French, and I'm introducing her to some of my favourite English-language books. Is there a site somewhere that I can use to look up which books are agreed to have really great translations from English to French?
posted by metaBugs to Writing & Language (7 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Her English is good enough that she can check how good a French to English translation is before making a recommendation to me. My French is nowhere near good enough to do that for her, so I'd like to be able to gauge the quality of a translation before handing over a book.
I don't know much about translating but I assume that judgement of the "best" or "good" translations of fiction books will be mostly subjective, and that's OK. Perhaps an experienced reviewer, or some sort of voting/public review site? Or collated comments from authors? For example, I've read that Terry Pratchett has been told the German version of one of his books is actually funnier, and that George Orwell preferred the first French translation of "Down and Out..." over the second.