Welcome to Est. 1999, the official blog of Abraham Translations. As is perhaps easy to surmise, the name of this blog reflects the year that Abraham Translations was founded.
It all began with the correction of a few texts that had been translated by another time-pressed translator. Within the year, translating had become my main source of income; now, it has long been the only way I put bacon on the table.
I am rather proud of many of the projects on which I have worked.
Est. 1999, basically, is a visual confirmation of past projects, a blowing of my own horn, a presentation of translator-related topics, and an occasional departure into other areas that I deem worthy of presenting. Enjoy.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

The Breeding of a Super Race (2009)

(Documentary film, 52 min., by Boris Rabin aka Boris Karadzhev; a German-Russian co-production of  arte, Lichtfilm, Mirumir and MDR.)
When I translated a treatment for this documentary in 2008 for Lichtfilm GmbH, Cologne, the working title was still Creating a New Human Race in the Soviet Union / Menschenlabor Sowjetunion; the latter, the German title, seems to have been retained.
Oddly enough, at Lichtfilm, the website proclaims the English title as The Breading of a Super Race, a title given after my involvement and that makes me think of Cannibal Kiev. (Is the reference too obscure to be understood?) In any event, the title does not seem to appear on the DVD cover, as one can see above, or in the film credit sequence
First 8.5 Minutes –
in German:
The film description at Lichtfilm's website, like most of their film descriptions, was probably supplied by Google TranslatorAbraham Translations definitely did NOT do it. It seems to be the description used everywhere on-line, and is such a damning example of "Denglish" (Deutsch + English = Denglish) that we won't use it here.

In short, The Breeding of a Super Race documents and traces the various aspects of the Soviet Union's attempts, following the death of Lenin, to create a "new man", be it for use as a soldier during war, for hard labor, or for laboratory testing. Aspects touched upon in the film include cross-breeding between man and ape, rejuvenation by blood transfer, fixing conditional reflexes to genes, and artificially inseminating women by the sperm of geniuses.

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