Translating Away Culture: A look at how indirect translation affected the cultural aspects of the book Ur Varselklotet by Simon Stålenhag when it was translated into Japanese using English as a pivot language

University essay from Högskolan Dalarna/Institutionen för språk, litteratur och lärande

Abstract: In this case study, the Swedish artbook Ur Varselklotet along with its English direct translation Tales from The Loop and the indirectly translated Japanese version za・rūpu will be examined and compared. This study will be analysing the different translations to see how certain Swedish words from the source text were affected by first being translated into English and then being translated again from the English translation into Japanese. The goal is to better understand what changes may occur during an indirect translation that would impact how the world of the book is presented to the reader. This study concludes that while the characterisation of these words and sentences in the Japanese text shows that they were influenced by how their translation in the mediating text, it is also clear that one cases study is not enough evidence to make any general statements on how the pivot language affects the final target text when used in an indirect translation process.

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