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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Literary blurb translation guide


I’m not a book author, but I like the read the blurbs on the back of books and try to guess what they mean or under what conditions they might have been written.  The link above has a handy translation guide.

"luminous prose" = too many goddam words
"a tour-de-force" = threw it across the room
"a triumph" = huge advance

and many, many more. There are also fine ones in the comments, although tending toward ones you wish would be written:

lou said...

"Just like literature, only smaller."

March 27, 2011 10:37 AM

Elizabeth McCracken said...

liminal = accidentally left it at the bus station

March 27, 2011 10:47 AM

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