240 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    240 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Indirect Translation Explained is the first comprehensive, user-friendly book on the practice of translating indirectly in today’s world. Unlike previous scholarly approaches, which have traditionally focused on translating from the original, this textbook offers practical advice on how to efficiently translate from an already translated text and for the specific purpose of further translation.

    Written by key specialists in this area of research and drawing on many years of translation teaching and practice, this process-focused textbook covers a range of languages, geographical settings and types of translation, including audiovisual, literary, news, and scientific-technical translation, as well as localization and interpreting. Since this topic addresses the concerns and practices of both more peripheral and more dominant languages, this textbook is usable by all, regardless of the language combinations they work with.

    Featuring theoretical considerations, tasks for hands-on practice, suggestions for further discussion and diverse, real-world examples, this is the essential textbook for all students and autodidacts learning how to translate via a third language.

    Additional resources are available on the Routledge Translation Studies Portal: http://routledgetranslationstudiesportal.com

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    Chapter 1. Introduction

    Chapter 2. Interpreting

    Chapter 3. Scientific-Technical Translation

    Chapter 4. Localization

    Chapter 5: Literary Translation

    Chapter 6. Audiovisual Translation

    Chapter 7. News Translation

    Chapter 8. Project Management

    Chapter 9. Conclusions




    Hanna Pięta is an assistant professor at Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal, and a researcher at CETAPS (Translationality Research Group). She is co-coordinator of the international research network IndirecTrans and associate editor of the Translation Matters journal. She has recently co-edited a special issue of Target on what indirect translation can do for translation studies (2022) and is now co-editing a special issue of Perspectives on pivot audiovisual translation (2023). 

    Rita Bueno Maia is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Translation in the School of Human Sciences at the Catholic University of Portugal and a member of the Research Centre for Communication and Culture. She has recently co-edited Indirect Translation: Theoretical, Terminological and Methodological Issues (Routledge, 2019). She is co-coordinator of the international research network IndirecTrans and has worked as a literary translator for the theatre.

    Ester Torres-Simón is an assistant professor at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain. She is a researcher at GREGAL Research Group (at UAB), an external collaborator of the Research Group on Reception and Translation Studies (at the University of Lisbon, Portugal) and a member of the European Society for Translation Studies Wikipedia Committee. She has a keen interest in innovative teaching practices and has published about the topic in The Interpreter and Translator Trainer, the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement and Perspectives, among others.

    I am delighted by the innovative take of this textbook. With a rigorous focus on indirect translation, it caters for many different specialisations and course contexts. The approach is pragmatic, and chapters come with a plethora of ready-made assignments, but I trust the broad focus will also open up new avenues of thought in research. 

    Kaisa Koskinen, Tampere University, Finland


    A necessary and most timely textbook on how to translate through another language. The chapter on pivot audiovisual translation is a must-read for template makers.

    Stavroula Sokoli, Computer Technology Institute & Press, Diophantus, Greece


    Indirect Translation Explained is a richly described, theoretically motivated introductory coursebook dedicated to indirect translation in its many forms. Full of scaffolded activities and discussion points, this volume is certain to open new opportunities for instructors and students alike to delve into the increasingly complex nature of multilingual communication.

    Christopher D. Mellinger, UNC Charlotte, USA


    This book provides excellent practical grounding and training for a vital yet often overlooked – and even stigmatised – area of the language services industry. Through the authors’ methodical approach and thorough coverage, readers will understand much better how and where to use indirect translation with success, and avoid many common pitfalls.

    Richard Mansell, University of Exeter, UK