symploke speech he described the challenges of a job that requires moving between dissimilar cultural traditions, where even the most common experiences and emotions of human beings are full of surprising nuances depending on their linguistic context, thus refuting the widespread popular belief that to translate is just to import sentences from one language to another as if each word has an exact equivalent. His enthusiasm for translations is much more striking considering that far from maintaining a position of an academic purist of the RAE, he spoke out in support of the permeability of language to the contributions of other languages. Thus, he reinforces the idea that languages are constantly evolving and are enriched by their speakers, who ultimately decide what must be retained or rejected. The book summarizes an extensive bibliography, including references to texts difficult to locate. Wood covers the proposed objectives and opens up avenues to explore the influences of Joseph Conrad, Isak Dinesen, T. S. Eliot and, in particular, William Shakespeare on Marías. Also, he adds a more ambitious suggestion to the criticism, proposing that this book will serve to promote investigations of the work of Félix de Azúa, Juan Benet and Benito
symploke – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Dec 22, 2013
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