After the overwhelmingly positive feedback about our first release of a Modern Greek Interlinear book "The Clockmaster" by Roubina Gouyoumtzian, we decided to publish another, an even longer book. "The Man Who Had Never Seen The Rain" is a collection of fourteen short stories by Roubina.
Fourteen short stories about humans and time. In Interlinear.
The translation consists of:
We have based this Interlinear translation on certain principles.
Interlinear translations translate words one by one and literally. However, there is an exception to this rule: where a literal translation would impair understanding. If it would, understanding is prioritized.
For example, the more usual translation of this phrase would be "I then noticed his watch." Yet, we have chosen a more literal translation as it is still understandable:
But try reading these words if they were translated literally:
As you can see, in such instances, a literal translation would not make much sense, as this is an expression. Consequently, we have chosen a more understandable translation of the expression:
In summary, we have made our translations literal, even if slightly clumsy. Unless such clumsiness hinders understanding, in which case, we made them understandable.
Yet Greek and English are both Indoeuropean languages and have remarkably similar structures, thus a big part of our translation is still both literal and understandable.
In this second collection of short stories by Roubina Gouyoumtzian one dwells in the mysterious labyrinths of life with a nostalgic stride and a sense of comfort for what there is to come. It is better to describe it as a collection of emotions, a book where each page has a different scent.
This book is about the power of creation and destruction, the art of grasping the deeper layers of art, all the paths of self-knowledge and pain, all the paths of courage. As in the first collection of stories, time is an enemy but also a friend. It depends on what we make of it. The important thing to remember is that even an end has a beginning and a story of a thousand memories…