“You’re stepping on my shadow, please back off,” she said.

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

Words and Pictures Interviews Helen Wang

https://www.wordsandpics.org/2018/10/translation-helen-wang.html?m=1

There's a little song in Bronze and Sunflower which took ages to translate. It's the one about the woman and the little girl, with their different hairstyles, swapping places. The original Chinese is loaded with detail, but is also like a nursery rhyme. I couldn't fit all the detail into similarly light rhyme in English, and in the end, I decided to go for the light rhyme and compromise on the detail. Our two dogs enjoyed extra long walks at that time, as I kept repeating things over and over in my head until they began to fall into place!

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