empreint d'une délicate tendresse

18:04 Jan 21, 2019
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French to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters / In A Book Review
French term or phrase: empreint d'une délicate tendresse
Contexte:

[Name of book] ne saurait être réduit à un roman passionnant, pétri d’érudition, car il possède ce “supplément d’âme” qui appartient aux œuvres qui naissent et reflètent l’empathie entre l’auteur et son sujet. Ainsi, [the author], qui a voué une vie entière d’étude et de recherches au grand Génois, écrit un ouvrage empreint d’une délicate tendresse qui se veut avant tout « un hommage personnel à l’auteur d’une aventure qui a changé à jamais l’histoire du monde, ouvrant les portes à la Modernité ».

I'm trying to avoid the use of the word tender/tenderness, in this case.

Merci,

Barbara
Barbara Cochran, MFA
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Summary of answers provided
4 +3infused with subtle sensitivity / a soft touch
Katarina Peters
3a book with a touch of tenderness
Francois Boye
3imbued with a mindful solicitude
mrrafe
3imbued with benevolence
Laura Nagle
3imbued with delicate gentleness
Ana Vozone
2instilled with (a) discreet affection
Tony M


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empreint d\'une délicate tendresse
imbued with delicate gentleness


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Ana Vozone
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empreint d\'une délicate tendresse
imbued with benevolence


Explanation:
A bit of a stretch, perhaps, but I think it may get at the idea you're looking for.

Laura Nagle
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Asker: Yes, IMO, you're much closer to the general idea than the other answers offered, but the idea of "sensitivity" is important in this case, too.


Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  Tony M: I don't think 'imbued with benevolence' really works in this kind of expression — though of course 'offers a benevolent view of...' etc. would work a lot better.
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empreint d\'une délicate tendresse
imbued with a mindful solicitude


Explanation:
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mrrafe
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empreint d'une délicate tendresse
instilled with (a) discreet affection


Explanation:
Like I said, the wider context will almost certainly have a huge influence on the way to take this; but as you are seeking to avoid 'tenderness', then 'affection' is another viable translation; likewise, if you want to avoid 'delicate' (and it all really depends on what the writer really meant: whether it was with a light brushstroke, ...), then you might consider the other sense of 'délicat' and by extension 'délicatesse', associated with 'politeness', so maybe here the sense of 'discreet'.

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Maybe 'infused' would be better; would have to read the actual book to get a better idea of how it comes across.

Tony M
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1 hr   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +3
empreint d\'une délicate tendresse
infused with subtle sensitivity / a soft touch


Explanation:
mes suggestions

Katarina Peters
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  Tony M: A 'soft touch' has a colloquial meaning that would be wholly unwelcome here! But in any case, I don't think we'de ever say that something was 'infused with a soft touch', would we?
7 mins
  -> OK, Tony, thank you for your opinion.

agree  GILOU: j'aime bien subtle sensitivity
11 hrs
  -> Merci, Gilou.

agree  katsy: agree with Tony re 'soft touch', but I think "subtle sensitivity" hits the right note for this book review
16 hrs
  -> Thank you, katsy.

agree  Yvonne Gallagher: with katsy
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  -> Thank you, Yvonne.
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8 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5
a book with a touch of tenderness


Explanation:
My take

Francois Boye
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  GILOU: a book ?
4 hrs
  -> 'écrit un ouvrage empreint d'une delicate tendresse' dit le texte.
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