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Hi all,

I'm looking for good american/british mountain books to be translated into French.
I need gripping stuff that gets something "special" to it and that is worth a (costly) translation! Any titles to recommend?

Thanks a lot!

Mathieu

P.S.: what do you think of "Kiss or Kill" by Mark Twight?


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I would have thought all the best climbing books would be translated into other languages... especially French, Italian, Spanish and German.

How about "The White Spider" and "This Game Of Ghosts"?


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Sometimes you can unearth untranslated literary gems!
There's actually only two "mountain-oriented" publishing companies in France (Glénat and Guérin) and one in Switzerland (Hoebecke) that can afford translations, so there is still much to do...

Thank you for your propositions of titles!

Mathieu


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Tom Patey's 'One Man's Mountains.' Priceless, but probably already translated.

Richard Pronneke's 'One Man's Wilderness.' There isn't a sticth of real climbing in it and yet it is one of the finest mountaineering books I've ever had the pleasure to read.

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The World Is Flat - Thomas Friedman


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Thank you,

yes the Patey was translated by the publishing company I work for (Guérin, Chamonix).
The other seems untranslated...thanx for the tip!


Mathieu


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Pure Mountaineering content?

I rather enjoyed Ed Viesturs's "No Shortcuts to the Top". Great mix of enthralling stories and behind-the-scenes life as a sponsored climber.


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1. How To Shit In The Woods
2. Camp Sex


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Well, this book does NOT focus on the climbing aspect, but "The Heart of the World" by Ian Baker is incredible. If anyone has the chance to pick it up, please do so.


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ElvisTheSewingMachine wrote:
Hi all,

I'm looking for good american/british mountain books to be translated into French.
I need gripping stuff that gets something "special" to it and that is worth a (costly) translation! Any titles to recommend?

Thanks a lot!

The all-time classic mountain tale, Into the Void by Joe Simpson.

Can't imagine it has not been translated yet, considering it was made into a movie.

TS


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Some older books that I Enjoyed quite a bit.

"Nanda Devi the Tragic Expedition" by John Roskelly

The Shining Mountain by Peter Boardman

Sacred Summits also by Peter Boardman


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"How to shit in.." was translated. Can't find the other one...who's the author ?


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Top 5 Mountain Books

1) Into Thin Air - I know this is a commercial/armchair/noob book, but Krakauer's account is incredible. It's not as much a mountaineering book, but a book about how people react when they're cold and tired.

2) No Shortcuts to the Top - Viesturs' autobiography is a great account of high altitude mountaineering. I inhaled it.

3) Eiger Dreams - All of the stories in here are good, but Eiger Dreams, Club Denali, Gill, and Chamoix stand out. Best of all is the Devil's Thumb. Krakauer has balls.

4) Touching the Void - Movie is pretty good as well.

5) The White Spider - A little slow, but the first third from Tony Kurtz to Harrer's own ascent is very good.


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"Deep Play" by Paul Pritchard. I think he won the Bookman-Tasker for it if memory serves.

One of the best prose stylists in any genre...the chapter on the climbing-bum scene in Llanbergis is remarkable...but you will have translation issues with the wonderful English/Welsh idioms and cadences. This is the kind of storyteller with whom you want to be stuck on a portaledge and a bottle of whiskey.


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I'll have to second Eiger Dreams, it's awesome. Plus one of the chapters is about Chamonix. Same with Into Thin Air. I just started reading Touching The Void but so far it seems great.


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If something "special" equates to asking the big questions, look into translating Maria Coffey"s "Where the Mountain Casts Its Shadow."


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Thank you all for your tips,

I ordered most of the titles you mentioned (except already translated ones), now it's time to get gripped by the narratives of those great alpinists. I'll keep you posted on our selection!

Has anyone heard of "Camp Sex", I can't find it! The publisher is very intrigued... ;o)

Bye guys, have fun reading and sending hard,

Mathieu.


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ElvisTheSewingMachine wrote:
Has anyone heard of "Camp Sex", I can't find it! The publisher is very intrigued... ;o)

Ahhh, spoken like a true frenchman. Sex, cigarettes and soloing, If I enjoy it so much, then it must be good for me, no?


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A thoroughly delightful, but not well known book, is No Picnic on Mount Kenya. It is the true story of an Italian officer who was also a competent amatuer climber, who was captured during wwII by the British, and shipped to a prisoner of war camp in Africa, where he could see Mt Kenya, the 2nd highest peak in Africa, in the far distance.
The mountain called, there was little else to do in the camp, and a plan was concocted in which he and a couple of others made climbing gear from some of the most unlikely sources (crampons cut with a chisel from the fender of an abandoned car, for instance), escaped from the camp, and, using the picture on the label of a Mt Kenya brand can of fruit as a route map, they made it up.
Having climbed the peak, with no where else to go, they made the long trek back to the camp, and turned themselves in. Though British felt they had to dish out some sort of punishment, it was pretty mild, and the officials of the camp seemed more amused by it than resentful

Great book.


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Yes you're right, this book is awesome.
It was translated straight after its release, then a second time years after...

Thank you anyway!
Mathieu


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;o)

Anybody can tell me where to order it (name of the author/year of publication too if ever you've got that too)?

Thank you !!!

Mathieu


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