This paper puts forward a reflection threaded from my experience as a literary translator, in particular translating contemporary Indian transcultural literature. In translation, linguistic options always involve ethical models. As a translator, I try not to naturalize any difference, I try not to deprive readers of the otherness that comes from reading, that, in linguistic and culturally rich texts, opens up a door to diversity, understood as a value. Translation practice involves, necessarily, an ethical and political consciousness in decision-making. In this paper, I share mine.
Literary translation, transcultural literature, ethics, ideology.