Translations

Many members of BCT have professional translation experience. A number have published acclaimed translations by major European writers – see below for a selection of these.

Inferno by Dante Alighieri

Inferno by Dante Alighieri translated by Steve EllisTranslated by Steve Ellis

One of the greatest works of world literature. ‘Energetic, racy, rude and lyrical...buy this translation and spend a damn good season in hell’ Independent
‘Abandon all hope, you who enter here…’

When Dante finds himself lost in a dark and menacing wood, the ghost of Virgil offers to lead him to safety. It is a path that will take him though the kingdom of Satan, through the nine circles of hell and the gruesome sufferings of the damned.

Inferno has fascinated generations of readers - inspiring films, operas, comics, video games and works from writers such as Balzac, Pound, and most recently Dan Brown. Written while Dante was in exile and under the threat of being burned at the stake, this dramatic vision of Hell still has the power to shock.

Confessions by Augustine of Hippo

Confessions by Augustine of Hippo translated by Philip BurtonTranslated by Philip Burton

Augustine's fourth-century spiritual autobiography not only is a major document in the history of Christianity, a classic of Roman Africa, and the unchallenged model through the ages for the autobiographical record of the journey to self-knowledge, it also marks a vital moment in the history of Western culture.

As Augustine explains how, when, and why he became the man he is, he probes the great themes that others were to explore after himCfaith, time, truth, identity, and self-understanding--with a richness of detail unmatched in ancient literature. Dense with vivid portrayals of friends, family, colleagues, and enemies, The Confessions chronicles the passage from a life of sensuality and superstition to a genuine spiritual awakening - in a powerful narrative of one man's inner education that continues to shape the way we think and act today.

Nietzsche: The Birth of Tragedy and Other Writings

Nietzsche: The Birth of Tragedy and Other Writings translated by Ronald SpeirsTranslated by Ronald Speirs

The Birth of Tragedy is one of the seminal philosophical works of the modern period. Nietzsche's discussion of the nature of culture, of the conditions under which it can flourish and of those under which it will decline, his analysis of the sources of discontent with the modern world, his criticism of rationalism and of traditional morality, his aesthetic theories and his conception of the 'Dionysiac' have had a profound influence on the philosophy, literature, music, and politics of the twentieth century. This edition presents a new translation by Ronald Speirs and an introduction by Raymond Geuss that sets the work in its historical and philosophical context. The volume also includes two essays on related topics that Nietzsche wrote during the same period, and that throw further light on the themes treated in the main text.

Weber: Political Writings

Weber: Political Writings translated by Ronald SpeirsTranslated by Ronald Speirs

Max Weber (1864-1920), generally known as a founder of modern social science, was concerned with political affairs throughout his life. The texts in this edition span his career and include his early inaugural lecture The Nation State and Economic Policy, Suffrage and Democracy in Germany, Parliament and Government in Germany under a New Political Order, Socialism, The Profession and Vocation of Politics, and an excerpt from his essay The Situation of Constitutional Democracy in Russia, as well as other shorter writings. Together they illustrate the development of his thinking on the fate of Germany and the nature of politics in the modern western state in an age of cultural 'disenchantment'. The introduction discusses the central themes of Weber's political thought, and a chronology, notes and an annotated bibliography place him in his political and intellectual context.

The Creation of the Word by Miguel Torga

The Creation of the Word by Miguel Torga translated by Patricia Odber and Ivana CarlsenTranslated by Patricia Odber and Ivana Carlsen

The Creation of the World is the autobiography of one of Portugal's most celebrated modern writers, Miguel Torga. Of the six days which comprise The Creation, the present volume contains the two which recall his childhood spent in the wilderness of the Trás-os-Montes province, as the son of an illiterate peasant family scraping a living off the rocky flanks of 'The Mountain'; and a boyhood of near servitude to his uncle in Brazil, on a remote estate carved out of the sertão, a lush and alarming setting for an anxious adolescence. But The Creation is more than narrative: 'I do not write a chronicle of my life, but a parable.'