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Name  Gregory Rabassa

Role  Translator
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Education  Columbia University (1954), Dartmouth College
Awards  PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation
People also search for  Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jose Donoso, Thomas Christensen
Books  If This Be Treason: Translatio, Leaf Storm, Taratuta and Still Life With, Cloudy Day in Gray Minor

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Gregory Rabassa, ComM (March 9, 1922 – June 13, 2016) was an American literary translator from Spanish and Portuguese to English. He taught for many years at Columbia University and Queens College.


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Life and career

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Rabassa was born in Yonkers, New York, to a family headed by a Cuban émigré. After serving during World War II as an OSS cryptographer, he received a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth. He earned his doctorate at Columbia University and taught there for over two decades before accepting a position at Queens College, City University of New York.

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He worked primarily out of Spanish and Portuguese. He produced English-language versions of the works of several major Latin American novelists, including Julio Cortázar, Jorge Amado and Gabriel García Márquez. On the advice of Cortázar, García Márquez waited three years for Rabassa to schedule translating One Hundred Years of Solitude. He later declared Rabassa's translation to be superior to the Spanish original.

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He received the PEN Translation Prize in 1977 and the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation in 1982. Rabassa was honored with the Gregory Kolovakos Award from PEN American Center for the expansion of Hispanic Literature to an English-language audience in 2001.

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Rabassa had a particularly close and productive working relation with Cortázar, with whom he shared lifelong passions for jazz and wordplay. For his version of Cortázar's novel, Hopscotch, Rabassa shared the inaugural U.S. National Book Award in Translation.

Rabassa taught at Queens College, from which he retired with the title Distinguished Professor Emeritus. In 2006, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.

Rabassa sometimes translated without having read the book beforehand.

He wrote a memoir of his experiences as a translator, If This Be Treason: Translation and Its Dyscontents, A Memoir, which was a Los Angeles Times "Favorite Book of the Year" for 2005 and for which he received the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir in 2006.

Rabassa died on June 13, 2016, at a hospice in Branford, Connecticut. He was 94.

Selected translations

  • Demetrio Aguilera Malta
  • Seven Serpents and Seven Moons, 1979, ("Siete Lunas Y Siete Serpientes")
  • Juan Benet
  • Return to Region
  • A Meditation
  • Jorge Franco
  • Rosario Tijeras, 2004
  • Julio Cortázar
  • Hopscotch, 1966 ("Rayuela") —U.S. National Book Award for Translation
  • A Manual for Manuel, 1978 ("Libro de Manuel")
  • 62: A Model Kit, ("62: Modelo para Armar")
  • Gabriel García Márquez
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude, 1970 ("Cien años de soledad")
  • The Autumn of the Patriarch, 1976 ("El otoño del patriarca"), for which he received the Pen Translation Prize.
  • Chronicle of a Death Foretold, 1982 ("Crónica de una muerte anunciada")
  • Leaf Storm ("La hojarasca")
  • Clarice Lispector
  • The Apple in the Dark, 1967 ("A maçã no escuro," 1961)
  • Luis Rafael Sánchez
  • Macho Camacho's Beat, 1983 ("La guaracha del Macho Camacho")
  • José Lezama Lima
  • Paradiso ("Paradiso")
  • Mario Vargas Llosa
  • Conversation in the Cathedral ("Conversación en La Catedral")
  • Machado de Assis
  • Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas ("Memórias Póstumas de Bras Cubas")
  • Quincas Borba ("Quincas Borba")
  • António Lobo Antunes
  • Fado Alexandrino ("Fado Alexandrino")
  • The Return of the Caravels ("As Naus")
  • Osman Lins
  • Avalovara ("Avalovara")
  • Jorge Amado
  • Captains of the Sands ("Capitães da Areia")
  • Honours

  • Commander of the Order of Merit, Portugal (12 November 2011)
  • References

    Gregory Rabassa Wikipedia

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