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Good News for Old Blighty

My friends at Harper Collins Voyager have confirmed that the British edition of A DANCE WITH DRAGONS will also be released on July 12 of this year, simultaneously with the American edition.

(Please ignore what it says on Amazon.UK. I am sure they will get it right eventually)

Here's the British cover:

Publication dates in other countries will, of course, be dependent on the speed of the translations. Which cannot begin until I turn in the final manuscript. So I had best get back to that right now.



Mar. 4th, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC)
Re: I probably shouldn't say this
The sigil of the Baratheons is a Stag also in Italian. The unicorn is used in the chapter when the Starks finds their pups (I hope this is not too much spoilerish). Obviously the translator missed the symbolism of the Stag and the She-Wolf. What enrages me is that it wasn't an error... Altieri justified later the choice because a stag antler "wasn't fantasy enough". Damn. I love Altieri as a writer (I have all his books), but I can't stand a translator that changes the things in another author's book because he thinks himself a better writer or something like that.
BTW, the Italian translation of ASOIAF *IS* full of errors, too (names, eye colours, english set expressions translated literally and much more), although I love the general style they used for it. I only would have loved more attention in the details and no personal initiatives. In ASOIAF, if you miss a little detail, you can encounter trouble later, because NOTHING has been done randomly by the author.

The Italian publisher knows this, there have been a heated debate here in Italy, but I think they don't care.
BTW, there is not real necessity by the Italian publisher to split the books in two or even three (ASoS). When they want, they publish even larger books without splitting them (e.g. The Stand by S.King; Tolkien's LotR; Stieg Larsson books). It's only for money and I hope this will change soon or later.


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