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by Victor Proetz,Charles Nagel,Alistair Reid


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Alastair Reid, the English writer, is a well-known poet and translator.

Alastair Reid, the English writer, is a well-known poet and translator. Charles Nagel was the director of the National Portrait Gallery.

The Astonishment of Words book. by. Victor Proetz, Alastair Reid (Foreword). Charles Nagel (Afterword).

Foreword by Alastair Reid; afterword by Charles Nagel. This book, unfortunately left incomplete on his death in 1966, contains many of his answers. An exploration of how English words are translated. This is a print-on-demand title. None of it is scholarly in any formal, academic sense-"and yet," Reid reminds us, "his is precisely the kind of enthusiastic curiosity that gives scholarship its pointers. Contents: Foreword by Alastair Reid. Anonymous: Rune of Hospitality.

Proetz, Victor, 1897-1966. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Trent University Library Donation.

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This is a print-on-demand title. WorldCat Home About WorldCat Help. As Alastair Reid says in his foreword, "He turned words over in his head, he listened to them, he unraveled them, he looked them up, he played with them, he passed them on like presents, all with an unjadeable astonishment.

Proetz, Victor (1971). University of Texas Press. p. 4. ISBN 978-0-292-75829-2. Here is an example of another thing that happens to French. Benét, William Rose (1955). The Reader's Encyclopedia.

One, two! one, two! And through and through The vorpal blade went snicker-snack! He left it dead, and with its head He went galumphing back.

Un deux, un deux, par le milieu, Le glaive vorpal fait pat-à-pan! La bête défaite, avec sa tête, Il rentre gallomphant.

Eins, Zwei! Eins, Zwei! Und durch und durch Seins vorpals Schwert zerschniferschnück. Da blieb es todt! Er, Kopf in Hand, Geläumfig zog zurück!

The late Victor Proetz was by vocation a visual artist who created many distinguished architectural and decorative designs. His favorite avocation, however, was to explore the possibilities (and impossibilities) of words, especially words in translation, and to share his discoveries. As Alastair Reid says in his foreword, "He turned words over in his head, he listened to them, he unraveled them, he looked them up, he played with them, he passed them on like presents, all with an unjadeable astonishment."

What, Proetz wondered, do some of the familiar and not-so-familiar works of English and American literature sound like in French? In German? "How," he asked, "do you say 'Yankee Doodle' in French—if you can?" And "How do they say 'Hounyhnhnm' and 'Cheshire Cat' and things like that in German?" And, in either language, "How, in God's name, can you possibly say 'There she blows!'?"

This book, unfortunately left incomplete on his death in 1966, contains many of his answers. They are given not only in the assembled texts and translations but also in his wry, curious, sometimes hilarious commentaries. None of it is scholarly in any formal, academic sense—"and yet," Reid reminds us, "his is precisely the kind of enthusiastic curiosity that gives scholarship its pointers."


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August
Loved this book and the bonus feature (beautiful artsy hard cover) got this book for my Art of Translation class. If you love languages and poetry and how they sound in German and French translation, this is the perfect book for you...
Ckelond
In the Introduction, the author explains that he and his friends used to wonder how the familiar texts of English-language literature might look in other languages. How do you say "Thar she blows!" in German? What would Carroll's "Jabberwocky" look like in French? What does Auld Lang Syne sound like in another language?

In this book, Proetz collects poems, lyrics, and excerpts of prose fiction (including a pun-filled chapter of "Alice in Wonderland") and reprints them alongside their published French and/or German translations, together with his comments. If you know some French or German and enjoy language and literature, this book is a treat.

When I was in high school and college, I borrowed "The Astonishment of Words" from the library countless times. It's one of the books that convinced me to become a professional translator. I'm so glad it's back in print!
The Astonishment of Words: An Experiment in the Comparison of Languages download epub
Words Language & Grammar
Author: Victor Proetz,Charles Nagel,Alistair Reid
ISBN: 0292729383
Category: Reference
Subcategory: Words Language & Grammar
Language: English
Publisher: University of Texas Press (March 23, 2011)
Pages: 200 pages