East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Central Station!


I am very proud to announce that in the next weeks I’ll be working on the translation of Lavie Tidhar’s Central Station, that Acheron Books will publish in 2018.


Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

6 thoughts on “Central Station!

  1. As they say, two birds with one stone. It’s a wonderful book and it will take one Hell of a translator to give the same reading experience to the Italian audience. 🙂


  2. Okay, I have a question. I always wondered how translating a full length novel works these days. Do you actually translate it sentence by sentence as you go, or do you use some sort of a program to do an initial translation and then you go through it looking for grammar or syntax errors?

    On another note, congratulations on getting the gig.


    • I translate it directly, without software assistance.
      In my experience, looking for grammar and syntax errors is slower going than translating straight away, and a lot less fun.
      Also, machine-translation may be good for technical texts, but really drains out any spark of life or character from a narrative.


  3. Thanks, I just wondered what kind of impact modern software had on this kind of work. I can believe that it had a negative effect on literary work. I did engineering work for a living and and with a a lot of machinery/equipment and other products being manufactured outside the USA a lot of the spec sheets came with software generated translations into English.

    And quite frankly even those were, to be polite, less than spectacular. LOL!!


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