Event 380

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Timothy Brook

Shakespeare in Chinese

Venue: Scribblers Hut

The Sinologist, author of Mr Selden’s Map of China and Vermeers Hat tells the story of Zhu Shanghai, the Chinese wartime journalist and Shakespeare translator who worked under the Japanese occupation for a Shanghai newspaper. He didn’t translate literally, but found ways of rewriting Shakespeare in Chinese idioms that beautifully match the original, as analogies rather than as transcriptions. Chaired by Jerry Brotton.

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Timothy Brook