Title of translation: 
"The Case of the Unfaithful Translator"
Original title: 
"El caso del traductor infiel"
Original author: 
José María Merino
Country of origin: 
España
Translator: 
Erin Goodman
Date of source text publication: 
1994
Date of translation publication: 
2020
Abstract: 

“The Case of The Unfaithful Translator” is a short story by prolific Spanish writer and poet José María Merino, originally in the collection titled Cuentos del Barrio de Refugio (Ed. Alfaguara, 1994). Merino is known for his capacity to realistically capture the complex human experience from a personal perspective, while weaving in dreams, fantasy, and the creative experience, such as the idea of entering into fiction itself; this story is a prime example – Merino presents an intriguing insider’s perspective on the day-to-day activities of a translator, in this case one who succumbs to his temptation to manipulate the original text.

--Erin Goodman, the translator

Genre: 
Narrativa / Narrative
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