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What is this mystery play?

Yesterday, I ran across the proverb "Great cry and little wool, as the devil said when he sheared the hogs," along with the explanation that this came from "an old mystery play, David and Abigail, based on 1 Samuel." Where/when was this mystery play performed, and is its text available? [more inside]
posted by the sobsister on Jul 1, 2016 - 11 answers

Italian Culture, in and out of translation

Recommendations, please, on current Italian popular music, literature in English translation, and subtitled media. [more inside]
posted by Mngo on Dec 7, 2014 - 5 answers

Finding a great translation of a foreign book

When there are a lot of editions of a foreign book available, how do you go about finding and choosing a good translation? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Aug 24, 2014 - 5 answers

Why are Japanese names a secret?

Many translated Japanese novels refer to locations and companies, and occasionally even years, by their first character rather than specifying their name. What is the reason for this practice? [more inside]
posted by lunch on Aug 8, 2014 - 14 answers

Regional dialects in English literature

What famous novels in the past 50 years have the characters speaking in a particular regional (English language) dialect? [more inside]
posted by thesailor on Jun 21, 2011 - 27 answers

Good translations of Cervantes and Tolsoy?

I'm up for tackling some big all-time classics, especially Don Quixote and War and Peace, and I'm wondering which translations to get. [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Apr 29, 2011 - 19 answers

My 5-year punishment must come to an end...

Bookish mystery: Help me identify the translation of Crime and Punishment I was reading. [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao on Apr 7, 2010 - 5 answers

Young-adult novel about gangs who fight over rubber caulking?

Trying to identify a children's book I read in Hebrew, but which was translated from a European language, about gangs of boys who hoard rubber caulking and battle it out with other gangs. One of the boys dies by the end.
posted by limon on Jan 11, 2010 - 3 answers

This madeleine, it bites?

What's the best translation (or, rather, which might you recommend) of Proust's masterwork In Search of Lost Time? [more inside]
posted by jokeefe on Dec 28, 2009 - 15 answers

The best Spanish-language translators and anthologies of English-language poetry

Who are the best translators (living or dead) of English-language poetry into Spanish, and what are the best anthologies of English-language poetry translated into Spanish? [more inside]
posted by Mummy of a Lady Named Jemutesonekh on May 25, 2009 - 0 answers

What version of Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" should I read?

Literary Filter: Which English version/translation of Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" should I read for fun? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Apr 20, 2009 - 8 answers

The Doors of Opium

Looking for a good english translation of the essay Les portes de l’opium by Marcel Schwob.
posted by jammy on Jan 11, 2009 - 2 answers

Translations with High Style

I'm looking for some particularly good translations (into English) of world literature, from *any* place, period, or genre. [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Aug 9, 2008 - 29 answers

Little-translated national literatures

What are some great national literatures without a substantial presence in English translation? Who/what are their key authors/works? [more inside]
posted by Cucurbit on May 28, 2008 - 6 answers

Donkey Hoatie?

Is there a Definitive English translation of Don Quixote? [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher on Apr 14, 2008 - 13 answers

"Islam is the most stupid religion"

Where can I read Michel Houellebecq's notorious September 2001 Lire interview in English? [more inside]
posted by Cucurbit on Mar 17, 2008 - 2 answers

Help in translating Bulgarian literature into English - then getting it published!

Any expert translators in the house? What is the best way to go about translating works of published fiction from Bulgarian into English? Any resources or answers regarding the practical elements of translation in general, or info for obtaining the legal rights to have any translated works published...? More fun inside! [more inside]
posted by Detuned Radio on Feb 12, 2008 - 7 answers

The mimetic and narrative capacities of artefacts

I am interested in the mimetic and narrative capacities of artefacts, how cultural remnants transmit information through time and how meaning is translated once an artefact is re-appropriated or examined from a new perspective. I have several avenues of study at the moment (a list in extended explanation), but would like some more ideas. Areas of critical theory, linguistics, evolutionary psychology and poetics are all relevant. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jan 27, 2008 - 12 answers


Has Finnegans Wake ever been translated? How?
posted by dead_ on Oct 20, 2006 - 36 answers

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