Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Poems about translation 16: Traduzioni da Torquato Tasso

For our next Poem About Translation, here is a piece of gamery by the writer and critic Guido Almansi (who turns out to have been a lecturer, among other places, in the city of my birth at University College Dublin, and at my formerformer place of work in Norwich - who knew??).

It's called 'Traduzioni da Torquato Tasso' and is from Imimitazioni (Cooperativa scrittori, Roma, 1974). You can read the full text here.

'Gerusalemme liberata' works so well, for me, because it draws on very everyday translation practices and shifts to achieve its purpose - it plays with cognates, with word-for-word translation, with collocation, with rhyme, with ambiguity and misunderstanding. And it only cheats sometimes.

For more of this sort of thing, see the 'Mistraduzioni' in Almansi's marvellous book Maramao (Longanesi, 1989) (but be warned, those of a prudish disposition may wish to steer clear). My favourite part is the dedication:
A David O’C., studente di primo anno a University College, Dublino, che gloriosamente mistradusse le prime due parole degli Indifferenti di Alberto Moravia, “Entrò Carla”, con “He entered Carla”.
[For David O'C., first-year student at University of College, Dublin, who gloriously mistranslated the first two words of Alberto Moravia's Gli Indifferenti, “Entrò Carla” [Carla came in] as "He entered Carla".
Photo from with thanks.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Seminar cancellation (28 October 2013)

Unfortunately, due to problems on the Portsmouth to Bristol line caused by the weather, we have had to postpone today's seminar by Juliette Scott on specialised corpus resources for translators. Apologies for any disappointment caused. We hope to reschedule the seminar for later in the autumn and the date will be publicised in due course.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Call for Papers: Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies: East and West in Dialogue

Call for Papers

Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies: East and West in Dialogue

7-8 May 2014
Institute for Modern Languages Research, University of London

Keynote Speakers:  
Mona Baker (University of Manchester, UK)
Farzaneh Farahzad (Allameh Tabatabai University, Tehran) 
Ferial Ghazoul (American University of Cairo)
Theo D’Haen (KU Leuven, Belgium)
Defeng Li (SOAS, University of London, UK) 
Kirsten Malmkjaer (University of Leicester, UK) 
Maria Tymoczko (University of Massachusetts, USA) 
Judy Wakabayashi (Kent State University, USA)

Conference Organizers: Dr Maike Oergel and Dr Kathryn Batchelor (University of Nottingham, UK)

The Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Nottingham is organizing a keynote conference to bring together Asian, Arabic and Western scholars in the area of translation and comparative literary and cultural studies, with the aim of facilitating and accelerating dialogue between ‘Western’ and ‘Eastern’ traditions. The conference seeks to establish areas of overlap and difference in Eastern (Asian and Arabic) and Western traditions of translation and comparative studies in order to contribute towards re-shaping our understanding of intercultural encounters and engagement. This will be achieved by discussing the different traditions not in terms of differentiating traditional dichotomies (Own and Other) nor subsuming them under monolithic concepts of universal values (humanity, globality etc), but by prioritizing the activity of comparing. The link between Translation Studies and Comparative Cultural Studies is key, and mutually productive, in this respect: while comparative studies is currently engaging with the notion of the incomparability of cultures, translation studies, while equally engaging with the (related) notion of untranslatability, is based on the necessity to compare in order to find appropriate equivalents. By animating the link between these disciplines we aim to contribute to the outlining of new horizons for both of them.

The conference intends to build on the following intellectual and academic activities, all of which indicate a clear need for increased exchange:

1) the publications profiling non-Western traditions of translation scholarship and practice, such as the Anthology of Chinese Discourse on Translation (2006) by the late Martha Cheung and Asian Translation Traditions (2005) or De-centering Translation Studies: India and Beyond both by Judy Wakabayashi.

2) the opening up of comparative studies, especially comparative literature, beyond its traditional North American-European focus towards Asian and Arabic materials, evident in the growing numbers of anthologies of world literature, e.g. Norton’s Anthology of World Literature (2001), Longman’s and Bedford’s Anthologies of World Literature (2003 and 2004 respectively) or The Routledge Companion to World Literature (2011), edited by Theo D’Haen.
3) in the founding of international organisations such as the International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies (2004) that seek to redress the Western bias in the field.

It is expected that the conference will serve as a platform for setting up an innovative research network straddling not just the traditions of East and West, but also the disciplines of translation studies and comparative studies.

Abstracts (250 words) are invited for the panels below and should be sent to both organizers at maike.oergel at and kathryn.batchelor at  by Friday, 6 December 2013.

The Panels

Panel 1: Histories and Anthologies of Translation and Comparative Literature

Keynote Speakers:  Theo D’Haen (KU Leuven, Belgium), Judy Wakabayashi (Kent State University, USA)
This panel will be dedicated to the memory of Martha Cheung, who was to have been a keynote speaker at the conference before her untimely death in September 2013.  

Panel 2: Translation Theory

Keynote Speakers: Mona Baker (University of Manchester, UK), Kirsten Malmkjaer (University of Leicester, UK), Farzaneh Farahzad (Allameh Tabatabai University, Tehran)

Panel 3: Comparative Cultural Studies Approaches

Keynote Speakers: Ferial Ghazoul (American University of Cairo), Maria Tymoczko (University of Massachusetts, USA)

Panel 4: Teaching Translation and Comparative Studies

Keynote Speaker: Defeng Li (SOAS, University of London)

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Initiatives in scholarly translation

I've just been reading a series of articles from a special issue of Art in Translation (volume 4, issue 1, from 2012, paywalled) on the translation of art history. The journal is the only periodical I know whose main function is to publish and discuss research in translation. There's a fascinating piece, 'Honor Thine Author' by Fiona Elliott, about being a translator of art-related texts and what that actually means. She has some very interesting reflections on ambiguity, author sensitivities and the ethical stance of the translator. On a light-hearted note, I like her remark that
if I get the chance, I always make sure I ask authors to avoid using the word 'aufheben', and any words deriving from it. What English verb could match 'aufheben', meaning to pick something up from the floor, to save something up for later, to close a meeting, to terminate a siege, to remove restrictions, to cancel or annul, to repeal or revoke, to compensate, neutralize, offset, or elevate?
More seriously, it's great to see the arts and humanities gradually get more interested in the role of translation in the transmission of research findings. There's a long history of debates about translation in the history of ideas, of course, about translation of Freud, Derrida, de Beauvoir, Cixous, Barthes, about the problems of translating philosophy in general (for readers with a JSTOR subscription I recommend this article by Jonathan Rée), or the 'epistemicide' wreaked on ideas by scholarly translators, as per Karen Bennett's argument.

But what I really wanted to write about today is practical initiatives to support scholarly translation in the arts and humanities.


The Getty-funded Art in Translation has a standing call for suggestions of important work in art history which deserves to be translated into English. They also have an annual student prize with a first prize of £250 for the best proposal by a registered art history student (next deadline 1 November 2013).

The Organisation of American Historians (OAH) offers a biennial prize, the David Thelen Award, to the author of the best article on American history published in a foreign language. The winning article is published in English translation in the Journal of American History. Next deadline 1 May 2015 for articles published in 2013 or 2014.

The European Society for Translation Studies has a new grant, the Translation Prize, which offers up to €2000 to support the translation of a key text or texts in Translation Studies. It was awarded in 2013 for the first time, for the translation of Anton Popovič's Teória umeleckého prekladu [Theory of Literary Translation] from Slovak to English. The next deadline is 1 June 2014.

On a related note, I see that the long-running Polish literary translation journal Przekładaniec has made several recent issues available in English on its website. I didn't know that there was a lively debate about the translation of Derrida's term différance into Polish, but I do now. 
The Society for Cinema and Media Studies has a Translation Committee which has a brief to promote the translation of scholarship in film and media studies not written in English. I have a memory of a page on their old website with a collection of texts proposed for translation, which was a very nice idea, but I don't seem to see it on the new website.

Lastly, there was an initiative a few years ago by the American Council of Learned Societies, part-funded by the Ford Foundation, to produce guidelines for translators in the social sciences. It culminated in Michael Henry Heim and Andrzej Tymowski's 2006 Guidelines for the Translation of Social Science Texts, which can be downloaded in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese here.

UPDATE 28 December 2013: I've just been reminded of the wonderful-looking Paul Celan Fellowships, 3-6-month funded residencies for translators of works of criticism and research publications from and into Eastern European languages. The website gives the following description of the programme:
The aim of the Paul Celan Fellowship Program is to overcome deficits and asymmetries in the exchange of ideas and the reception of scholarly literature which result from the division of Europe in the 20th century. Therefore, the program supports translations of canonical texts and contemporary key works in the humanities, social sciences and cultural studies from Eastern to Western, Western to Eastern, or between two Eastern European languages. Special emphasis is put on translations of relevant works written by East European authors and/or by female scholars.
I'd be very interested to hear from readers of more initiatives to promote and support scholarly translation.

UPDATE 26 January 2015: I've just read an excellent short report on a French government-funded project commissioned by the Institut Français and run by Gisèle Sapiro on the translation of French research in social sciences and humanities. The project makes a number of recommendations and it will be very interesting to see how many of them will be taken up. More on the project here (in French).

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Post for German to English translator in Bonn (deadline 3 November 2013)

A job advertisement, recently circulated:

Für unsere Sonderstelle Sprachendienst suchen wir für den Standort Bonn eine Übersetzerin / einen Übersetzer für die englische Sprache als Referenten (m/w).

Das Aufgabenfeld umfasst im Wesentlichen:

 Fertigen schriftlicher Übersetzungen von schwierigen Texten juristischer, betriebswirtschaftlicher und technischer Art aus dem Deutschen und einer weiteren europäischen Fremdsprache ins Englische
 Terminologiearbeit

Wir erwarten von Ihnen:

 Ein einschlägiges Universitätsstudium (Master oder Diplom)
 Englisch als Muttersprache
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 Eine weitere europäische Fremdsprache als zweite Fremdsprache
 Fähigkeit zur raschen Einarbeitung in neue Themenbereiche
 Sichere Beherrschung der gängigen MS-Office-Anwendungen
 Fähigkeit zur eigenständigen termingebundenen Arbeit
 Hohe Leistungsbereitschaft und Belastbarkeit sowie Teamfähigkeit
 Interesse an den Aufgabengebieten der Bundesnetzagentur
 Erfahrung im Umgang mit SDL Trados Translation Tools ist von Vorteil
 Einschlägige Berufserfahrung ist erwünscht, jedoch erhalten auch interessierte Berufseinsteigerinnen/Berufseinsteiger eine Chance

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Sunday, 13 October 2013

Poems about translation 15b: Magrelli redux

As readers may remember, the last Poem in Translation (number 15) was Magrelli's wonderful 'L'imballatore', in honour of my moving to Bristol.

I have now tracked down my copy of the published translation by Anthony Molino in The Contagion of Matter (2000), published by Holmes & Meier.

I was particularly curious to know how Molino had rendered two lines from the poem:
È questo il futuro, la spola, il traslato,
il tempo manovale e citeriore,
Cognates of 'translate' are difficult anyway, because Italian has so much more space to play with them than English does - but the real problem for me was this 'tempo manovale e citeriore'. There is something magically hermetic about this phrase, and I note that Molino picks it up in his dedication of the book to his son.

Molino translates it
This is the future, the shuttle, the shift,
manual, otherwhere Time,
So the problem of 'citeriore' is solved with 'otherwhere', relationally less specific than the Italian but similarly ambiguous in context in relation to time. The weight and rhythm of the polysyllables in the second line of the Italian is present again in a very different but also compelling form in the English, and the sound patterns are also acknowledged in the alliteration of 'shuttle' and 'shift'. The choice to capitalise Time is a nice reminder of how the materiality of print can carry signification. Absolutely fascinating to see how Molino does it.

There are some other very interesting translational things at work in this section of the book. For one thing, Magrelli uses the first two lines of Nabokov's famous poem about translating Pushkin (fêted as no. 6 in our occasional series) as an epigraph to the Italian poem: 'Cos'è la traduzione? Su un vassoio / la testa pallida e fiammante d'un poeta'.

Rather than doing what one might normally do and restoring the lines from Nabokov's poem in his English translation ('What is translation? On a platter / a poet's pale and glaring head'), Molino chooses to translate the Italian translation used by Magrelli: 'What is translation? On a platter / the pale and glaring head of a poet'.

This has the effect of adding a further layer of 'translatedness' to Molino's own translation. The 'poet' in question is not only Pushkin, and Nabokov but also Magrelli. This bravura translation by Molino of a poem about translation by a translator (we should remember that in Magrelli's Italian collection, the poem about translation accompanies translations of a number of poems, one of them also about translation) is presented through the lens of somebody arguing that the translation of poetry is impossible and undesirable. By way of response, Molino then goes on to present Magrelli's translations themselves in English translation - and in a nice touch, the poems translated into Italian by Magrelli are presented in their original languages in an appendix.

Interestingly, in his introduction, Molino admits that one poem from Magrelli's collection (Esercizi di tipologia, 1992) had to be omitted. 'Due dichiarazioni' presents a play on words between 'Scarabeo' (the Italian translation of the game 'Scrabble') and scarabeo, the beetle.

What is a translator to do, says Molino,
to later justify in the text the sudden appearance of a beetle? Short of toying with images of a Volkswagen, or a member of Liverpool's Fabulous 4, the decision was reached to wave a white flag and desist, in this case, from "pushing a whim to its utter extreme". (p.xiii)
Normally, one treats with gentle scepticism the claim that a poem is truly untranslatable. In this case, I think Molino has more than earned the benefit of the doubt.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Coming to a translation research seminar near you... NOW UPDATED

Dear all,

It's that time of year again and seminar series are being announced. There are lots of institutions around the UK running translation seminars; these are generally free of charge and open to all. Information up to date at time of writing, but of course always best to check before setting out for an event! It's also a good idea to sign up for the mailing list of any institution whose events you would like to attend, in case of changes/cancellations, and also because email lists are sometimes more up to date than websites.


Interpreting in the Cold War
George Scanlan

Wednesday 16 October, 17.00-18.00 Baines Wing, University of Leeds room 1.13.

George Scanlan graduated in Russian from the University of Cambridge and worked for many years with the UK Diplomatic Service, before becoming Chief Examiner in Russian for the Cambridge Examinations Board and the Institute of Linguists. His talk will be based on his years of experience working with the top British and Soviet interpreting teams.

(Thanks to Damian M. for the extra detail that Mr Scanlan has also acted as an interpreter for footballers including Andrei Kanchelskis and Eric Cantona.). 


The Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies at the University of Manchester has published its seminar list for this academic year, which can be found on Facebook here. 

The University of Salford's autumn seminars are as follows:

Centre for Translation and Interpreting, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences.
Wednesdays 4.30 – 6.00 (unless otherwise indicated)

Wednesday 16 October 2013 - 4.30
Maxwell Building, room 813
The Role of Emotional Intelligence in Professional Translators’ Work
Dr Severine Hubscher-Davidson, Aston University

Monday 28 October - 4.30
Peel Building, room 105
Safe in the hands of a police interpreter? A sociological and pragmatic analysis of discourse markers in police interpreting
Fabrizio Gallai, Bath University

Wednesday 27 November – 4.30
Maxwell Building, room 813
Translating the Icon: Reflections on translating Leila Khaled, Icon of Palestinian Liberation
Abla Oudeh, University of Edinburgh

Wednesday 4 December – 4.30
Maxwell Building, room 813
The role of subtitling in the Digital Society
Dr Jorge Díaz-Cintas, University College London

Please contact Professor Myriam Salama-Carr (m.l.carr at for further information.

Birmingham (Aston):

Seminars will take place in Main Building room MB206, University of Aston, at 4.00-5.30 pm. Enquiries to c.schaeffner at 

9 October 
Prof Klaus Böldl (University of Kiel)
Translating and editing the sagas of the Icelanders

23 October  
Wine Tesseur (Aston University)
Translation services at Amnesty International

6 November Dr Henry Dicks (University of Lyon III)
Bruno Latour or Edgar Morin? A comparison of two approaches to pluridisciplinary research

20 November
Dr Sara Ramos Pinto (University of Leeds)
A close-up shot on the viewer: a reception study of subtitling practices and their effect on viewers

4 December 
Dr Marcella de Marco (London Metropolitan University)
Engendering audiovisual translation


The University of Roehampton offers seminars on translation research and practice; dates confirmed so far are: 

Guest Lectures 2013/2014
(Held in Queens Building, Southlands College, University of Roehampton)

Tuesday 15th October, 6-7 pm, Room QB 143

Raffaella Vota (Tag Worldwide, London), "Transcreation, localisation and copywriting at Tag Worldwide"

Wednesday 23rd October, 4-5 pm, Room QB 140

Timothy Cooper (Terminologist, Directorate General for Translation, European Commission, Brussels)
"How to make the most of the public version of IATE"

Tuesday 26th November, 6-7 pm, Room QB143

Roslyn Bottoni (Editor, Directorate General for Translation, European Commission, Brussels)
"Careers in editing"

Tuesday 3rd December, 3-5 pm, Room 143

Jean-François Cornu (Freelance Translator)
"The Translation landscape of France in the Digital Age" (details to be confirmed)

Tuesday 10th December 6-7 pm, Room QB143

Bruno Levasseur (University of Roehampton) 
"Subtitling the Urban Outcasts on TV: The Case of Spiral (2008) and The Wire (2003)"

Thursday 30th January 2014, 3-5 pm, Room TBA

Sylvain Caschelin (University of Strasbourg) 
"Live Subtitling and Other Recent Developments in France"

You can check details and updates of these events at any time at

UCL is running another series of Translation in History lectures for 2013-14:

All events take place from 6 to 7.30 pm at the Anatomy Gavin de Beer Lecture Theatre, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT. Events are free and open to all. Booking is recommended, see

10 October 2013 (Thursday) 

Professor Gesine Manuwald (UCL)
Latin as a language of translation in Elizabethan England

24 October 2013 (Thursday) 

Dr Alison E Martin (University of Reading)
‘No Tincture of Learning?’: Aphra Behn as (Re)Writer and Translator

14 November 2013 (Thursday) 

Dr Carol O’Sullivan (University of Bristol)
Literalism, expediency and decorum: the contradictions of Victorian translation publishing

28 November 2013 (Thursday) 

Professor Theo Hermans (UCL)
Schleiermacher and Plato, Hermeneutics and Translation

12 December 2013 (Thursday)

Dr Andrés Claro (Universidad de Chile)
‘Transportation is Civilisation’: Ezra Pound’s Poetics of Translation

Further details of the speakers and lectures are available on our website:

For other lectures run by the translation unit at UCL follow @UCLTranSU on Twitter.

Image is of: Audience at the Royal Geographical Society lecture at City Hall, Brisbane, November 1946. From Flickr Commons at

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Translation events this autumn at Bristol

I'm very pleased to announce two forthcoming translation events at the University of Bristol. Both events are free and open to all. 

UPDATE: Readers may also be interested in 'The Impossible Art?' a one-day conference on poetry and translation, featuring Don Paterson, David Harsent, Sean O'Brien and Frank McGuinness, on Saturday 16 November at the Arts Complex on Woodland Road, and later at the Woodshed

On Monday 28 October 2013, Juliette Scott will deliver a workshop on

DIY terminology resources for legal and other genres

Arts Complex, Woodland Road, Room G77, 3pm-5pm. 
During this workshop, you will be shown the NIFTY methodology for compiling electronic collections of texts, accessing terms in context, and selecting appropriate terms. The compilation process takes approximately 30-45 minutes from start to finish.
Examples will be given from legal genres such as contracts, articles of association and terms and conditions, financial/banking, and legislation. However, the methodology is transferable to other specialized genres such as medical, technical or others.

This workshop is aimed at:
- lawyer-linguists, 
- professional translators,
- those teaching language for special purposes
- student translators 
- fledgling lawyers, in particular those whose native language is not English.
Juliette Scott has been a legal translator for more than 20 years. She continues to freelance, and is writing a PhD thesis on ways to improve the quality of legal translation, looking upstream at commissioning, and downstream at an electronic tool to assist translators. Juliette is very committed to continuing professional development, and is the author of the blog "From Words to Deeds" which aims to build bridges between translation and the law, and between academia and practice.


The second event is a visit on Wednesday 27 November 2013 by John Evans of the Directorate-General for Translation at the European Commission: 

Careers for linguists in the EU institutions

Arts Complex, Woodland Road, Lecture Theatre 3, 2pm-3pm. 

A presentation on the career opportunities available for language graduates in the EU institutions – interpreters, translators and lawyer-linguists – offering an insight into the challenging and varied work available, an explanation of the recruitment procedure and information on the traineeship scheme.

John Evans is a staff translator with the Directorate-General for Translation – the translation service of the European Commission – working from French, Spanish, Portuguese and Polish.  He currently works at the European Commission Representation in London where he is involved in a range of initiatives to promote language learning in the UK and raise awareness of opportunities for linguists within the European institutions. John has a BA (Hons) in French and Spanish from Cardiff University (1998) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Translating and Interpreting from Bath University (2000). Before joining the Commission in 2005 he worked as a linguist in the UK civil service and as a staff translator for a United Nations agency in Switzerland.

For more information on getting to Bristol, see

Friday, 4 October 2013

Bristol students in translation news this week

It was a really nice start to the teaching year to find not one, but two of our students in the translation news this week.

Hayley Wood, a student on the MA in Translation, was commended by the judges in the Birkbeck/And Other Stories Sample Translation Competition for her translation from Alexandre Postel's Un homme effacé. The competition was a collaboration between the Birkbeck 'Use your language, use your English' translation summer school and the independent publisher And Other Stories. The judges were translators Ros Schwartz, Roland Glasser, Margaret Jull Costa and  Francisco Vilhena and editor Sophie Lewis. Warmest congratulations to Hayley! :)

Meanwhile Charis Fisher, a final-year undergraduate student in the School of Modern Languages, published a very interesting piece in the latest edition of The Linguist, the professional journal of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, which can be read online here.  

On her placement with UPS Translations this summer, Charis came across a scam (which was certainly a new one on me) whereby the CVs of professional translators are downloaded from online translation portals, the contact details are replaced, and the CVs are then submitted to translation agencies with the scammer's own email address and covering email. Charis was alerted by the odd inconsistencies between the very professionally-produced CVs and the poorly phrased and formatted covering emails. The article offers some practical hints to companies and to translators on how to protect themselves. For more on scams affecting translators, see the Proz scam alert board. Many congratulations to Charis too for making such good use of her placement and for this contribution to the translation community. 

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Translation Studies for Free, part 3

The translationstudiesforfree material seems to have been of interest to readers, so I thought I would add some more resources.

One fast-growing type of resource is recorded lectures, both audio and video. Anthony Pym has some 91 recorded lectures and interviews with eminent researchers at his Youtube channel. The Fondazione San Pellegrino also has a youtube channel with a number of lectures and interviews linked with the annual Misano Adriatico translation school including very interesting lectures by Lawrence Venuti and Anne Coldiron. Recordings of the annual Sebald Lecture on literature in translation are available on the website of the British Centre for Literary Translation. There is a lecture about translation by Umberto Eco (in Italian) here.

A number of translation scholars have repositories of publications on sites such as, or on their own university websites (see e.g. Theo Hermans' website which has a number of fascinating papers on open access (though I found the UCL eprints site a bit clunky). Hermans is one of the contributors to a wonderful-looking 2013 lecture series, also at UCL, entitled 'Translation in History'. The lectures are downloadable as pdfs.

Other useful resources include the Translation Studies Portal. It has a Chinese site, and one for the Arab world, broadly speaking. The latter site includes a number of recorded lectures which can be accessed here. The TSP is not to be confused with the Routledge Translation Studies Portal, which has lots of resources relating to the Routledge catalogue of translation studies books and journals.

There are lots of talks and interviews featuring translators also on the web. Lydia Davis is interviewed on her translation of Proust here. Anthea Bell, one of the UK's best-known translators, can be seen discussing her practice with one of her source authors here.

An increasingly popular event format is the 'Translation Slam' where two translators get together to discuss their approach to a text. Examples can be found here (Adam Talib and Randa Aboubakr on translating an extract from Yusuf Abu Rayya's novel Ashiq al-hayy) and here (Frank Wynne and Ros Schwartz on translating an extract from L'enquête by Philippe Claudel).

Lastly, one source of free books about translation is the EU bookshop. EU publications can be downloaded without charge in pdf format. They include the useful guide How to Write Clearly, available in all the languages of the member states, and the recent report by Pym, Grin, Sfreddo and Chan The Status of the Translation Profession in the European Union (ignore the actual description of this volume on the website which seems to have been pasted from a completely different book). A keyword search for 'translation' brings up lots of other interesting-looking things.