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Yes, you are right. It is very hard and sometimes it can be very frustrating. You have to reach a compromise between content and form, as you would do with poetry. You have to transmit all the information that it is contained there, all the different layers of meaning, and at the same time you need to respect the form, sometimes with all his alliterations, pimps, punks, prostitutes panty-sniffers and so on. "The Cold Six Thousand" was especially hard because of the telegraphic style. Latin languages need more words to express the same idea. Ellroy is my "bête noir", a real challenge.
by amanda2006 on Sun Apr 22nd, 2007 at 03:34:34 AM EST
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