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English to Portuguese: Urban Memory and Identity in Berlin
Source text - English During the first decade after reunification Berlin underwent a profound transformation that reconfigured the political contours of Berlin‘s social and cultural terrain. Whereas, in the 1980s, Alvaro Siza encountered a Berlin of "new fragments and old fragments which never complement each other, which may never be reduced to a unity, but which exist as parallel realities" the millennium brought with it Norman Foster's renovated Reichstag and a new dome offering the "opportunity to 'enjoy an overwhelming panorama of the whole of Berlin,' an experience of panoptic mastery and scopic plenitude." The rapid shift from fragmented topographies and an architecture of the "in between" to an "overwhelming panorama of the whole" brought with it reassessments of historical as much as spatial perspectives. For example, Berlin's transformation from a site of Cold War confrontation into a premier global tourist destination is coupled with an increasing "Ostalgie" and the emergence of the artifacts of everyday East German life as "new historical markers of socialist experience and identity" and as "an identification with different forms of oppositional solidarity and collective memory
Translation - Portuguese Durante os primeiros dez anos após a reunificação, Berlim sofreu uma profunda transformação que reconfigurou os contornos políticos do terreno social e cultural da cidade. Se, nos anos 80, Álvaro Siza encontrou uma Berlim de “novos e velhos fragmentos que nunca se complementam, que nunca podem ser reduzidos a uma unidade, mas que existem como realidades paralelas” , o milénio assistiu ao renovado Reichstag de Norman Foster e a uma nova cúpula que oferece a “oportunidade de ‘usufruir um esmagador panorama de conjunto da cidade de Berlim’, uma experiência de domínio pan-óptico e plenitude de visão.” A rápida passagem de topografias fragmentadas e de uma arquitectura do “intermédio” a um “esmagador panorama de conjunto” acarretou reavaliações tanto das perspectivas históricas como espaciais. Por exemplo, a transformação de Berlim de um lugar de confrontação do período da Guerra Fria num destino turístico global privilegiado alia-se a uma crescente “Ostalgie” e à emergência de aspectos da vida quotidiana este-alemã enquanto “novos indicadores históricos da experiência e identidade socialistas” e enquanto “identificação com diferentes formas de solidariedade opositiva e de memória colectiva
I have worked as a translator for over 15 years in a variety of literary and technical fields. My translation work ranges from EU policy texts through to tenders, annual reports and accounts, art criticism, film scripts, engineering datasheets, legal texts, mining, tourism, website localisation, equipment instruction manuals, educational material, and many more.
I am a native Portuguese speaker, fluent in English and French. My translations into English are always done with my partner, Bergen Peck, who is British and has been translating alongside me for nearly twelve years; this ensures a high level of quality in the final job.
In addition to my work as a translator, I worked in the theatre for twenty years, where my work ranged from acting to directing and producing. I founded and was artistic director of two professional theatre companies and also founded a drama school, the first of its kind in Northern Portugal. From 1994-95 I was artistic advisor to the National Theatre in Oporto, and I served on policy committees for the Portuguese Ministry of Culture and the European Commission (arts education). I have also worked as a consultant in the field of education, training and culture.
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