Georgian Translation of Pamuk’s Silent House
31 January, 2013
Georgian Translation of Pamuk’s Silent House
On January 25, at the Giorgi Leonidze Literature Museum, Bakur Sulakauri Publishing Co. arranged the presentation of the Georgian translation of “Silent House” – the second novel by famous Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk, the laureate of the Nobel Prize. The translator is Lia Chlaidze, who has also translated Pamuk’s most popular book “My Name is Red”, which was marked by the Nobel Prize as well as by the local prize Gala. “Silent House” was written in 1980-1983s and like his
other books, is very popular outside Turkey and is distinguished by numerous foreign literary awards.
Estrangement with environment and people around him is the topic that is often touched upon by the world literature. However, Orhan Pamuk gives a special edge to this topical theme. It is also worth mentioning that in the given novel, he highlights the most important topic for the author – comparison of the East and the West – the enigma that is more widely and colorfully discussed in Pamuk’s later novels. The hero of “Silent House” arrives at the explanation why East is East and West is West and it is followed by the author’s verdict – attempts to eliminate the boundary that exists between these two parts of the earth are doomed.
The audience had a chance to listen to the translator’s speech about the particular book and Pamuk’s literary works in general, together with writer Dato Turashvili and publishing house representatives. “First, I read the book and made a word-by-word translation. Afterwards, as usual while translating, I returned to it again and re-wrote it as a Georgian writer would write. He is a great author. My Name Is Red describes the whole East in detail. It can be used as a guide book in Eastern Literature and History. Pamuk himself began his career as a painter, so this sphere was familiar to him. As for the Silent House, when you read it, you see that every hero is good separately, but the given situation he is the only culprit,” Lia Chlaidze, translator of the book “Silent House” said.
Lasha Bakradze, translator, commented for Georgian Journal: “Pamuk impressed me greatly earlier than it was translated into Georgian. I was suggesting publishing his books to Georgian publishers. I have not read this book yet, but I can say that the level of Turkology stands at a high level in Georgia. Translated literature does not influence local readers less than the original texts. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that the translators are promoted and encouraged by scholarships, special trainings and contests.“
The guests were treated to Turkish tea and sweets at the end of the presentation.
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