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Book Review: Mouse or Rat?


Umberto Eco is one of my favourite authors of all time, right up there with Robert Graves in the Top Books list. Mouse or Rat: Translation as Negotiation is fascinating and very, very true to life. As a translator, I have spent countless hours being frustrated by linguistic nuances that are often just not quite translatable into whatever language one is working with.


A sense of humour makes the book more accessible than it would otherwise be; Eco’s evidently humungous brain leads us fairly gently through a veritable minefield of linguistic information, allowing us to emerge at the other end of the book with a far better understanding of the joys and terrors of linguistic negotiation.

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