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Lidia Vianu - Director of CTITC (CENTRE FOR THE TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETATION OF THE CONTEMPORARY TEXT), Bucharest University, Professor of Contemporary British Literature at the English Department of Bucharest University, Member of the Writers’ Union, Romania.

 

 
 
 
 
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CTITC
CENTER FOR THE TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETATION OF THE CONTEMPORARY TEXT

MTTLC
MA Programme for the TRANSLATION OF THE CONTEMPORARY LITERARY TEXT

 

TRANSLATION
CAFÉ



 

Review of Contemporary Texts in Translation and E-Learning

 

 

Nr. 63/December 12, 2008

 

 

 

Director: LIDIA VIANU

 

© CTITC

    MTTLC

 

ISSN 1842 – 9149

 

Issue Editor: LAVINIA ZAINEA

Tehnical Editor: CARMEN DUMITRU

 

 

These translations  are an online seminar of literary translation, part

of Lidia Vianu’s course [Guide to Contemporary Literature and Its Translation],

and a session of E-Learning in the MA Programme for the Translation of the

Contemporary Literary Text, directed by Lidia Vianu.

The texts have also been discussed in translation group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/translationcafe/ 

 

MICHAEL CURTIS, Safe Harbour

 

  

CONTENTS:

 

Translations of Safe Harbour by: Ionela Maria Adam, Iulia Anchidin, Dana Constantinescu, Cristina Florea, Iuliana Florea, Teodora Georgescu, Eliza Ghitulescu, Andreea Hadambu, Rodica Ionas, Corina Iscru, Raluca-Ioana Manolescu, Violeta Mitu, Patricia Neculae, Cristine Niculae, Silvia Niculae, Steliana Palade, Reluta Paune, Simona Pavaloiu, Florentina Yvonne Penciu, Laura Persoiu, Alina Petrescu, Ana–Maria Purec, Alina-Ioana Stan, Teofana Trapcea.
 

 

Translations from:
 

Michael Curtis

 

Safe Harbour

1


She learned it early, that smile,

used the world over

to placate and to persuade.

 

She exercised it each morning,

quietened her children,

schooled her husband to good behaviour,

 

sent it before her each evening

into a room of laughing men,

taught it to earn tips at the bar,

 

let it spread from her mouth

to raised cheeks and tightened jaw,

coloured her talk with whites and reds,

 

employed it carelessly,

allowed it to play with a strand of hair,

look twice at the stranger at the corner table,

 

until insatiable nights

wiped it from her perfected face

and stole it from her eyes

 

2

 

So tonight

all the light

is robbed from her eyes

 

and the smile

once found with ease

when lighting our candle

 

takes ten seconds to compose

as she walks to our table

from the back room.

 

Her long peppered summer

has fetched up in August

weary as winter,

 

and now she must keep on walking

through an unbreakable dream

that brings no escaping

 

3

 

Like the dream

you’ve forgotten by morning

but doesn’t forget you,

your son dead, your father dying again,

the nightmare

that lies heavy behind eyes

that cloud for hours despite sunshine,

lamplight or even awakened love,

so the voice on the phone that evening

cannot be believed, the postcard

from the island beach in Thailand,

date smudged, must have been censored,

the e-mail confirming her arrival

forged, and the only thing

that can burn off the doubt

is another half-remembered dream,

unwilled, involuntary, but this time light

 

4

 

As the weightless catamaran

that straddles the countless fires

extinguishing and lighting the warm sea

 

on a risen morning

resolved to dazzle eyes

and burn off all effects of clouds

 

while the brief wakes of yachts

break cover to take their chance

and slake untethered restlessness

 

unsheeted at the exhausted wind

muffled engines screwing to the sun

as crews float between lives

 

5

 

Like us upon the salt of life,

swimming on the writhing sea

bathing in the showered sun

hugging shade beneath the pines,

 

purged of form, reduced to line

so recognition sheds disguise,

and sparrows peck at sparrow dunes

and sand flies fly across the sand,

 

and we follow the directions

concealed from the border guards

who only mistake them for maps

painted on glass quicksilvered by death,

 

and here we’ll find our way

while pedalos pedal families of five

lilos lie low in the afternoon

and the day glows in dayglows,

 

navigate a route through clouds

and imagine ourselves to light

until we settle to the smiles

that trade in nothing but themselves.

 

 

by:

 

+  Ionela Maria Adam

+  Iulia Anchidin

+  Dana Constantinescu

+  Cristina Florea

+  Iuliana Florea

+  Teodora Georgescu

+  Eliza Ghitulescu

+  Andreea Hadambu

+  Rodica Ionas

+  Corina Iscru

+  Raluca-Ioana Manolescu

+  Violeta Mitu

+  Patricia Neculae

+  Cristine Niculae

+  Silvia Niculae

+  Steliana Palade

+  Reluta Paune

+  Simona Pavaloiu

+  Florentina Yvonne Penciu

+  Laura Persoiu

+  Alina Petrescu

+  Ana-Maria Purec

+  Alina-Ioana Stan

+  Teofana Trapcea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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