“I just enjoy translating, it’s like opening one’s mouth and hearing someone else’s voice emerge”*…
* Iris Murdoch
As we try transliteration, we might send thoughtful birthday greetings to Umberto Eco; he was born on this date in 1932. Most widely known as a novelist (primarily for his international best seller The Name of the Rose), Eco was also a literary critic, philosopher, and university professor highly-regarded in academic circles for his contributions to semiology.
An occasional translator, Eco once remarked, “translation is the art of failure.”