Linguistic and Cultural Issues across Genres
The fall of the house of Poe: language, style and other issues in the translation of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories into Italian
My decision to deal with the translation of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories has a twofold motive, the first being my devotion to the author while the second is related to my first encounter with him, or rather with his translated stories, about 25 years ago. I made Poe’s acquaintance through the filter of translation (Poe 1983) and that was a very unpleasant experience. My first impressions after reading I Racconti were predominantly negative; in particular I encountered difficulties at a syntactic and a lexical level, which made it arduous to understand some parts of the stories. I therefore ended up labeling Poe as an inflated and artificial author until I eventually found myself reading him in the source language which, despite being rich in technical and complex terms and in elaborate wordings, did not present all the difficulties and hurdles I had, paradoxically, encountered in my own language.
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