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Yours Dually

To be, or not to be faithful, is the translator's question

Yours Dually
Yours Dually
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READING through the two parallel narratives in the book Unarmed, it's easy to commune with the author who is palpably present throughout the book with her reflective voice. This, despite the re-texting of the original in Hindi into English. It's laudable that the writer survives the passage, emerging as a strong presence cutting across the translation. But there is some tricky ground here. The translator, Raji Narasimhan, asserts 'I have a theory about translations-that they should never read like original writings. Yet, if she were to read her own translation, I believe she would find herself looking straight into the eyes of the author. Theoretical stance notwithstanding, at times Raji tends to translate too literally. All the same, this is a happy addition to the Macmillan series of modern Indian novels in translation.

Unarmed articulates Rajee Seth's vision in two narratives-presenting a common concern in entirely different contexts through totally different characters. A novel with two stories. A different novel. Basu of the first narrative is not an...

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