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Literary Criticism English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh

Finnegans Wakes

Tales of Translation

by (author) Patrick O'Neill

Publisher
University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2022
Category
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, 20th Century, 21st Century, Translating & Interpreting
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781487541996
    Publish Date
    Mar 2022
    List Price
    $80.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781487542016
    Publish Date
    Mar 2022
    List Price
    $80.00

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James Joyce's astonishing final text, Finnegans Wake (1939), is universally acknowledged to be entirely untranslatable. And yet, no fewer than fifteen complete renderings of the 628-page text exist to date, in twelve different languages altogether – and at least ten further complete renderings have been announced as underway for publication in the early 2020s, in nine different languages.

 

Finnegans Wakes delineates, for the first time in any language, the international history of these renderings and discusses the multiple issues faced by translators. The book also comments on partial and fragmentary renderings from some thirty languages altogether, including such perhaps unexpected languages as Galician, Guarani, Chinese, Korean, Turkish, and Irish, not to mention Latin and Ancient Egyptian. Excerpts from individual renderings are analysed in detail, together with brief biographical notes on numerous individual translators.

 

Chronicling renderings spanning multiple decades, Finnegans Wakes illustrates the capacity of Joyce's final text to generate an inexhaustible multiplicity of possible meanings among the ever-increasing number of its impossible translations.

About the author

Patrick O’Neill is a professor emeritus in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Queen’s University.

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