Re: RARA-AVIS: Women noir writers

From: Karin Montin (
Date: 10 Apr 2005


I thought you meant there were panels where authors and the translators of their books discussed the translation process, problems, cultural differences, different audience knowledge or expectations -- things like that. That's the kind of thing I find fascinating.

I see you were talking about the interpreter, a different but related kind of job with its own difficulties, especially for someone with no training or experience. Well, he's got some experience now. Next time maybe he'll have it easier. As you say, in this situation it would help if the speakers paused to allow for the interpreter, although simultaneous interpreters who work in a booth have to listen and speak at the same time. One of my professors said she knew she had potential as an interpreter when she realized she enjoyed eavesdropping in café³ while conversing with her friends, and could keep track of everything.


At 10:40 10/04/05 -0400, Vicki wrote:

>Hi, Karin,
>Four of us had the same translator who sat on the panels with us--we were
>each in a separate panel. He wasn't a translator by occupation, although he is
>now considering taking it up. He (Didier) would listen to each person and then
>whisper in English. The job he did was excellent, but it was still very hard to
>follow, and none of the French speakers waited for him when he was
>translating for us, so he had to whisper and listen at the same time. I don't know how
>he did it. He was also employed throughout the conference to translate if
>anyone came up to talk. Most of us knew a little French, and the French people
>always knew some English, so we didn't need him often, but he explained what we
>would be doing and kept us informed of anything we needed to know. This was his
>first job of this type, but he is a reader of noir fiction so that was very
>helpful. I have his e-mail address and he would probably enjoy talking to you
>about it if you want to get in touch.
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