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Going Back in Time

#23 ~ Read a book in another language 

As the week of my birthday approaches, I realized that I haven’t managed to complete all 55 items on my list. I have come close though.

One that I’m working on is reading a book in a language other than English. This isn’t as much of a challenge as it might seem, given that I am fluent in several languages. However, I haven’t done any pleasure reading in any language but English for several years.

So I went to my bookcase and decided to re-read Cien Años de Soledad by Gabriel García Márquez. It’s been translated into many languages over the years and, in English, is called One Hundred Years of Solitude.

My copy has a special meaning for me. When I was 19, I was in Colombia for a summer language program. There were only 2 of us in the advanced class and our teachers were 2 university students. We learned a lot that summer about Colombian culture and political issues. When the course was over, one of the teachers gave me this book by Márquez. It was my introduction to the well known Colombian author who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982.

I have since added a number of his books to my collection. I prefer to read them in Spanish, as they were written. Even though I spent many years as a professional translator, I willingly admit that something is always lost in translation.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read this book, and already it’s bringing back to life all the feelings, thoughts, and imagery that captivated me as a teenager.

Gracias, señor Márquez!

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    a writer, author (Dream BIGGER: Reclaiming a Life of Joy and Ease), life/relationship coach and an intuitive healer by day. By night, she dances flamenco, thrives on chocolate and good red wine (shiraz will do!) She secretly plots to change the world, one dream at a time.
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