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Title: There's a Tense for Every Activity Under Heaven: Strategies for Choosing Verbal Tenses in Literary Translation from Chinese into Italian
Authors: Lafirenza, Fiorenzo
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Padova, Studio Editoriale Gordini
Abstract: The translation I've recently carried out of Liu Heng's novel The Happy Life of the Garrulous Zhang Damin has offered me the occasion for some reflections upon the treatment of verabl tenses throughout the translation itself. The beginning of the novel may be seen as a still of Zhang Damin's own family, taken (as we can realize in the end) after all the episodes making up the main plot have been narrated, while its very conclusion reminds us of Chaplin's typical fading out, where the main character walks away along a solitary road, turning his back to us. The chronological nature of the events taking place between such visual start and conclusion require some substancial choices as regards the verbal tenses to make use of in the metatext.
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