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Katan, David. 1999. Translating cultures: an introduction for translators, interpreters and mediators. Manchester: St. Jerome. 270 pp.
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This book attempts to introduce an element of rigour and coherence into the discussion of culture and to provide a model for teaching culture to translators, interpreters and other mediators. It is an introduction to current understanding about culture aimed at raising awareness of the role of culture in constructing, perceiving and translating reality. Culture is perceived as a system for orienting experience, and a basic presupposition is that the organization of experience is not "reality" but rather a simplification which varies from culture to culture. Practical examples and analyses of authentic translations are offered to illustrate potential problems and proposed strategies for dealing with them.
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