[ilds] dark labyrinth

Meta Cerar meta.cerar at guest.arnes.si
Wed Feb 2 04:56:55 PST 2011

Bruce and all,


Thank you. >Draught< as a current of cold air was my original solution
because of the association with the >coldness< of English character. I then
changed it to >hard work<, but now you reassured me that the former
translation was right. We'll never know for sure, though. But why >Draught<
with capital D?





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I take "Draught" to mean air, i.e., a "current of cold air."  English
buildings, particularly houses and flats, are not well designed, so they let
in the cold easily.  How does this transfer to English character?  Well,
Durrell is being cute, I think, being funny.  In the context of "the English
death," however, Durrell may mean that his fellow countrymen are inherently
"cold," i.e., emotionally frigid and unresponsive, sexually repressed,
probably, unlike the warm-blooded people of the Mediterranean, who express
their feelings readily and openly, especially in the sexual sense.  That's
my guess.







On Jan 31, 2011, at 6:50 AM, Meta Cerar wrote:

Hello, everyone,


My sincerest thanks to everyone who responded to my post about the Dark
Labyrinth and supplied me with lots of useful articles. I haven't had time
to read them yet as I'm just finishing the translation revision. Although I
have gone through the text a couple of times, I'm still at a loss with a few
sentences. Perhaps you can help me with suggestions.


There is a sentence in the chapter Portraits where Campion is complaining
about The English not being able to appreciate artists. I quote:


English architecture, like the English character, is founded on the Draught.


I compared three translations of D.L. - French, Italian and German - and
they're all different. The French translate Draught as dessin (drawing),
Italians as rigidity, Germans as Zug (stroke? Draughtiness?). My friend,
himself an English writer, suggests >hard work< or perhaps >draught as
current of air<. How can nation's character be founded on drawing, hard
work, draughtiness .?


I'm a bit desperate about this one, so I could use a few suggestions. It's
interesting to read translations of the same book into different languages -
worth a comparative study, really. Sometimes it's hard to believe it's the
same book.


Thank you and all best,

Meta Cerar


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