On April 20 I’ll be speaking in at Csaba Bán’s endlessly enticing BP18 event in Vienna, zeroing in on revision. “An exercise in sado-masochism?” asks one attendee.
From my shades-of-grey blurb:
Most experienced translators have been called in at least once to give their opinion of an existing translation. The requester may be earnestly curious, mildly suspicious, or actively seeking expert help to turn a bad situation around. Enter “quality”, “subjectivity” and, say some, “nitpicking”. Or possibly indignation.
How, precisely, should a serious and ethical professional translator respond to the client’s request, judge the first effort, explain her assessment to the customer, and, if necessary, deliver the (revamped) goods? This presentation looks at the process, the questions, and the obligations on all sides—including the client and the original translator.