Destruction (Der Untergang) by Hans Erich Nossack : Translated from the German by Daniel K. McKeon
McKeon, Daniel King
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Originally I had intended to translate this story somewhat literally without too much emphasis on giving the work a readable English style. Perhaps I realized the importance of style too late. Another serious problem I had was with the author's tendency to use different tenses in different parts of the story for events which occurred at approximately the same time. I used a tape recorder, at the suggestion of Dr. Meyer, in the belief that it would save me time by eliminating the need to retype sheets with too many alterations. There are, however, many good reasons for using a recorder. One is much less likely to be distracted while speaking and listening than while writing and looking. Furthermore, awkward style seems much more awkward when you hear it.
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