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.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Houwelandt - Ein Roman entsteht (2005)

(Feature-length documentary, 107 minutes — the title freely translates into "Houwelandt — The Birth of a Novel".)
Here we have a documentary written and directed by Jörg Adolph about, as the title states, the creation of a novel (cover below).
John von Düffel is an award-winning German author, and Adolph's film follows him during the creation and subsequent publication and reception of his novel Houwelandt. As the Berlin newspaper Der Tagesspiegel points out: "He who believes that novels are still written by literary geniuses alone in a silent closet is a knave. Today, the author presents the publisher with a concept draft before starting to write."
We did the subtitles, contracted by Subs Hamburg.

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