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Ali Azh

Question and Answer

  • What is your name?
    • Ali Azh
  • Where do you live?
    • Iran
  • What made you decide to become a translator or interpreter?
    • I consider the role of the translator as a mediator between cultures. Rather than merely supplanting one form of words for another, the translator has the capacity to enhance our understanding of development issues and indigenous cultures by mediating ideas across cultural and national boundaries.
  • List one strength that you think sets you apart from your colleagues.
    • Excellent English and certified proficiency in Persian
  • Name the one thing that you most enjoy in your translating or interpreting career.
    • Provide translation (including simultaneous translation where necessary) and interpretation support at training sessions, workshops, seminars and conferences
  • Name one resource – such as a phone app, CAT tool, website, and so forth – that you find especially helpful in your translating or interpreting work.
    • http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/history/outreach/besh/interpreting
  • What's the best book you've read this year?
    • Madame Bovary

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Madame Bovary (1856) is the French writer Gustave Flaubert's debut novel. The story focuses on a doctor's wife, Emma Bovary, who has adulterous affairs and lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life. Though the basic plot is rather simple, even archetypal, the novel's true art lies in its details and hidden patterns. Flaubert was a notorious perfectionist and claimed always to be searching for le mot juste ("the precise word"). When it was first serialized in La Revue de Paris between 1 October 1856 and 15 December 1856, the novel was attacked for obscenity by public prosecutors. The resulting trial, held in January 1857, made the story notorious. After Flaubert's acquittal on 7 February 1857, Madame Bovary became a bestseller when it was published as a single volume in April 1857. The novel is now considered Flaubert's masterpiece, as well as a seminal work of realism and one of the most influential novels ever written. In fact, the notable British-American critic James Wood writes in How Fiction Works: "Flaubert established for good or ill, what most readers think of as modern realist narration, and his influence is almost too familiar to be visible".

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