Translation, A Love Story:
Translator listens to The Allusionist. Translator hears about the podcast The Memory Palace. Translator listens to The Memory Palace. Translator immediately becomes smitten with The Memory Palace. Translator translates The Memory Palace from English to Brazilian Portuguese, and turns it into a book - O Palácio da Memória - which will be published in Brazil two weeks hence.
But, like any love story, it's not quite that simple.
Literary translator Caetano Galindo recounts the trials and treats of turning Nate DiMeo's English language audio into Brazilian Portuguese text.
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- Caetano Galindo is a multiple award-winning translator who has translated David Foster Wallace, Alice Munro, Charles Darwin, TS Eliot, Thomas Pynchon, Tom Stoppard, James Joyce - and now Nate DiMeo. His book Yes, I Say Yes: a Guided Tour of James Joyce’s Ulysses is out now in Brazilian Portuguese.
- Nate DiMeo makes Radiotopian sibling podcast The Memory Palace, which you'll find at thememorypalace.us or in your podcatcher of choice. If you prefer to take your podcasts written down in Brazilian Portuguese, brace yourself: O Palácio da Memória will be published by Todavia on 12 July. You can also hear him in Toki Pona, one of my favourite episodes of The Allusionist.
- This episode was produced by me; the music is by Martin Austwick. If you didn't hear his work on the previous episode, put your headphones on and get over to theallusionist.org/eclipse NOW. Afterwards, you can download his Total Eclipse of the Heart-inspired score here.
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