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‘Translationese’ — What Japan’s Most Important Modern Novelists Have In Common

Haruki Murakami famously wrote his first novel in English and then translated it into his mother tongue himself, resulting in a plainspoken, “neutral” (his word) style far removed from standard literary Japanese. Several critics referred to that style as “translationese.” Masatsugu Ono (both a translator and a novelist himself) makes the case that Murakami, Kenzaburo Oe, Yoko Tawada, Minae Mizumura all write in other languages and translate foreign literature into Japanese, and that this is wha...
Tags: Art, Japan, Words, Haruki Murakami, Masatsugu Ono, 06.23.20, Murakami Kenzaburo Oe Yoko Tawada Minae Mizumura



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