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Translating Lives

Translating Lives

Author: Mary Besemeres   Anna Wierzbicka  

Once he stepped off that plane he never spoke in Portuguese to us again. We lost our daily rituals ... I also lost a certain emotional landscape. My father expressed his love to me in Portuguese in a way he never could in English.

Although Australia prides itself on being multicultural, many Australians have little awareness of what it means to live in two cultures at once, and of how much there is to learn about other cultural perspectives. Translating Lives is an immensely moving collection of personal stories tracing the experiences of twelve people living in Australia who speak more than one language.

Contributors including Kim Scott and Eva Sallis show how their experiences of language colour the way they relate to people and the way they see the world. Through their eyes, we learn how language, culture and identity are intrinsically linked. Illuminating and insightful, Translating Lives is an engrossing read for every Australian wanting to understand the complex culture we live in today.