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17th Translation Contest: "The Sounds of Silence" » English to Bosnian

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Source text in English

A theme of the age, at least in the developed world, is that people crave silence and can find none. The roar of traffic, the ceaseless beep of phones, digital announcements in buses and trains, TV sets blaring even in empty offices, are an endless battery and distraction. The human race is exhausting itself with noise and longs for its opposite—whether in the wilds, on the wide ocean or in some retreat dedicated to stillness and concentration. Alain Corbin, a history professor, writes from his refuge in the Sorbonne, and Erling Kagge, a Norwegian explorer, from his memories of the wastes of Antarctica, where both have tried to escape.

And yet, as Mr Corbin points out in "A History of Silence", there is probably no more noise than there used to be. Before pneumatic tyres, city streets were full of the deafening clang of metal-rimmed wheels and horseshoes on stone. Before voluntary isolation on mobile phones, buses and trains rang with conversation. Newspaper-sellers did not leave their wares in a mute pile, but advertised them at top volume, as did vendors of cherries, violets and fresh mackerel. The theatre and the opera were a chaos of huzzahs and barracking. Even in the countryside, peasants sang as they drudged. They don’t sing now.

What has changed is not so much the level of noise, which previous centuries also complained about, but the level of distraction, which occupies the space that silence might invade. There looms another paradox, because when it does invade—in the depths of a pine forest, in the naked desert, in a suddenly vacated room—it often proves unnerving rather than welcome. Dread creeps in; the ear instinctively fastens on anything, whether fire-hiss or bird call or susurrus of leaves, that will save it from this unknown emptiness. People want silence, but not that much.

The winning entry has been announced in this pair.

There were 12 entries submitted in this pair during the submission phase, 3 of which were selected by peers to advance to the finals round. The winning entry was determined based on finals round voting by peers.

Competition in this pair is now closed.


Entries (12 total; 3 finalists) Expand all entries

Entry #23089 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
Arina Sarac
Arina Sarac
Կանադա
Winner
Voting points1st2nd3rd
234 x43 x21 x1
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry3.623.56 (9 ratings)3.67 (9 ratings)
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Entry #22616 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
Elhana
Elhana
Բոսնիա և Հերցեգովինա
Finalist
Voting points1st2nd3rd
163 x41 x22 x1
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry2.952.75 (8 ratings)3.14 (7 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 1 user entered 1 "like" tag
  • 1 user agreed with "likes" (1 total agree)
+1
prethodna pokoljenja
Flows well
ipv
Entry #23072 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
emily2013
emily2013
Բոսնիա և Հերցեգովինա
Finalist
Voting points1st2nd3rd
131 x43 x23 x1
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry2.822.75 (8 ratings)2.88 (8 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 1 user entered 1 "like" tag
sav glas
Flows well
ipv


Non-finalist entries

The following entries were not selected by peers to advance to finals-round voting.

Entry #23132 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
Tarik Limo
Tarik Limo
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Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry2.722.43 (7 ratings)3.00 (6 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 1 user entered 2 "like" tags
odzvanjali razgovorom
Flows well
ipv
haotičnim klicanjem
Flows well
ipv
Entry #22951 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
nina75tz
nina75tz
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Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry2.682.50 (8 ratings)2.86 (7 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 1 user entered 1 "like" tag
reklamirali punim plućima
Flows well
ipv
Entry #24220 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry2.652.50 (6 ratings)2.80 (5 ratings)
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Entry #23188 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry2.602.63 (8 ratings)2.57 (7 ratings)
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Entry #23557 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry2.312.29 (7 ratings)2.33 (6 ratings)
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Entry #23600 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry2.001.67 (3 ratings)2.33 (3 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 1 user entered 1 "like" tag
u nekoj oazi
Flows well
Osman Djogic
Entry #23003 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry1.882.00 (3 ratings)1.75 (4 ratings)
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  • No "like" tags
Entry #22453 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry1.881.75 (4 ratings)2.00 (4 ratings)
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  • No "like" tags
Entry #23021 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
Osman Djogic
Osman Djogic
Սլովենիա
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry1.841.67 (3 ratings)2.00 (3 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 1 user entered 1 "like" tag
šutljivo čekali pored kamare
Flows well
ipv


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