A Polish Translation of Finnegans Wake in Progress


This essay provides an overview of translatorial strategies identified in the published excerpts of Krzysztof Bartnicki’s newly completed translation of Finnegans Wake into Polish. His methodological premises include a conviction that inventing a counterpart of the multilingual “Wakese” idiom constitutes a kind of intralingual translation, a respect for the uniqueness of the book’s structure, and a dedication to the reconstruction of conceptual images evoked by the original. Several of Bartnicki’s translatorial strategies, including transplantation, phonetic equivalence, foreign-language substitution, proportional distortion, anticipatory reinforcement, and equivalent conceptual blending, are presented, illustrated by examples and followed by detailed analyses.