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  • Published: 1 June 2015
  • ISBN: 9780224100809
  • Imprint: Square Peg
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $24.99

Lost in Translation

An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words




A gorgeous illustrated compendium of untranslatable words from around the world.

Did you know that the Japanese have a word to express the way sunlight filters through the leaves of trees?

Or, that there’s a Swedish word that means a traveller’s particular sense of anticipation before a trip?

Lost in Translation, a New York Times bestseller,brings the nuanced beauty of language to life with over 50 beautiful ink illustrations.

The words and definitions range from the lovely, such as goya, the Urdu word to describe the transporting suspension of belief that can occur in good storytelling, to the funny, like the Malay word pisanzapra, which translates as 'the time needed to eat a banana' .

This is a collection full of surprises that will make you savour the wonderful, elusive, untranslatable words that make up a language.

  • Published: 1 June 2015
  • ISBN: 9780224100809
  • Imprint: Square Peg
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

Ella Frances Sanders

Ella Frances Sanders is an internationally-bestselling author and illustrator of three books: Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words', ‘The Illustrated Book of Sayings: Curious Expressions from Around the World', and ‘Eating the Sun: Small Musings on a Vast Universe'. She lives near a windswept coastline in Ireland.

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Praise for Lost in Translation

...a collection of words you never knew you needed before

Huffington Post

Charming illustrations and sheer linguistic delight

Maria Popova, Brainpicker

words you never knew you needed but now can’t live without

Saga Magazine

...a fantastic collection of words without English counterparts

Entertainment Weekly

… will make you think, laugh and discover situations you never knew there was a word for

ELLE Canada

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