Title: Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World
Author: Ella Frances Sanders
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Genre: Non-Fiction, Language
Every emotion has a word. Maybe sometimes language does not fail us. We just need to look beyond our comprehension and beyond the way we perceive the world to be. There are so many times when I see people making fun of languages all around me and specifically that of Indian languages and of course by Indians themselves. Maybe this book is for all of them who cannot understand the beauty of any language and words and meaning in them.
In life, there are times when maybe you just need the perfect word for the way you feel or for the way things are. Language then doesn’t matter. “Lost in Translation” is the perfect cure for those times. It is a beautifully illustrated compendium of untranslatable words in the world and of course it does not cover all the words, but whatever it does, it just manages to melt the heart and leave that smile on your face for the longest time.
It has words such as “Luftmensch” which refers to someone who is a bit of a dreamer and literally means “air person”. It also contains “Jugaad” with quite a cute illustration to go with. The illustrations in the book are also something else – they are flighty and frivolous and encompass all life and beauty.
“Lost in Translation” is a book that will make you see beyond your world and embrace the newness of other words on your tongue. I pronounced each and every word and after a while, I felt like I could feel the emotion. This is one book you will not regret owning and will cherish for a very long time to come.