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These are works that Le Guin has translated, not translations of Le Guin's work.
Le Guin says of this work (in "Concerning This Version," pp. 107-108):
"This is a rendition, not a translation. I do not know any Chinese. I could approach the text at all only because Paul Carus, in his 1898 translation of the Tao Te Ching, printed the Chinese text with each character followed by a transliteration and a translation. ... To have the text thus made accessible was not only to have a Rosetta Stone for the book itself, but also to have a touchstone for comparing other English translations one with another. ... I could compare various interpretations and see why they varied so tremendously; could see how much explanation, sometimes how much bias, was included in the translation; could discover for myself that several English meanings might lead me back to the same Chinese word. And, finally, for all my ignorance of the language, I could gain an intuition of the style, the gait and cadence, of the original, necessary to my ear and conscience if I was to try to reproduce it in English."
Ursula Le Guin, American writer in English, and Diana Bellessi, Argentinian writer in Spanish, translate each other's poetry. Each assisted the other in the translation. The works include an introduction "About Translating ..." written by each woman in her native tongue (and not translated), and the poems in both the original and translation.
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