The Translator by Nina Schuyler

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In silken prose and with subtle suspense, Nina Schuyler brings us a mesmerizing novel of language and translation, memory loss and heartbreak, and the search for answers in a foreign country.

When renowned translator Hanne Schubert falls down a flight of stairs, her injury is an unusual but real condition–the loss of her native language. She is left speaking only Japanese, a language learned later in life. With her personal life at a crossroad, Hanne leaves for Japan. There, the Japanese novelist whose work she translated stunningly confronts her publicly for sabotaging his work.
Reeling, Hanne struggles for meaning and seeks out the inspiration for the author’s novel–a tortured, chimerical actor, once a master in the art of Noh theater. Through their passionate and intriguing relationship, Hanne begins to understand the masks she has worn in her life, just as the actor dons the masks that have made him a legend of Noh. The demons from her past and present begin to unfold and Hanne sets out to make amends in this searing and engrossing novel.
~ Goodreads
The Translator is a deeply beautiful novel, inspiring thoughts and emotions on so many different levels that reflection during the book took a lot longer than actually reading it. Whether it is the characters of Hanne, a 50+ woman whose life is only about translations or about Moto who is seeking a different kind of translation for himself, trying to find his reality behind the mask of an actor, or when you finally meet Brigette towards the end of the book who has already translated her life to something far more selfless and meaningful, every character in the book plays an intense role. Perhaps that is why this book reads like an emotional roller coaster ride.
To have come across this book and read it was a pleasant surprise for I had heard of no other reviews, did not have any expectations from it and was just looking to surprise myself with the unknown. A beautifully written prose, flowing smoothly, it caught me from the very beginning and did not let go until the end.
Verdict… Nina Schuyler a promising writer, The Translator, a fantastic read… Without a doubt one of my favourites this year.

Rating: 5 Stars

Published: 2013| Pages: 303| Genre: Contemporary

Started: 07 Aug ’13| Finished: 11 Aug ’13

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