You can thank Jackie Collins for me wanting to write this; or, rather the woman sitting on the train next to me (the other day), reading Jackie Collins's Married Lovers. This made me think that the title implies that two married people are lovers, but in love with someone else. Not a very heart-racing concept - at least for me - but so far so good.
Now, to my knowledge this book hasn't been translated into German yet, but I pondered what its German title should be, and that's where I realised that something might be lost in translation: if you were to translate this title literally to 'Verheiratete Liebende', this wouldn't actually work - lovers can mean 'Liebende', but also 'Liebhaber'. So in German we can make the distinction between someone who is a 'Liebende' or 'Liebender', a generic form for anyone who is in love with someone else, and 'Liebhaber' or 'Liebhaberin', normally a lover in the extra-marital sense. I don't think you can make this distinction in English (if you can, in a single word, please let me know).
Therefore one could resist translating Jackie Collins's book title to 'Verheiratete Liebhaber' (which would accurately translate this title), and go for the 'Verheiratete Liebende' - especially if there is a twist in the plot. Also, the book title could imply an uncertainty over whether the lovers have given up on their marital partners (and have, indeed, stopped loving them in favour of their lovers). Then, they would be lovers of more than one person (i.e. still in love with their spouses and also in love with their hot, newly-found lovers). I haven't read the book, and starting to read it feels like way beyond my call of duty for this BLOG, but in case you want to continue this journey of exploration we have the following books in the Library which have the same title as Jackie Collins's latest instalment:
- Deane, Sonia. Married Lovers. (pp. 228. Hutchinson & Co.: London, 1951.)
BL shelfmark: NNN.1793.
- Horwitz, Julius. The married lovers. (London: Gollancz, 1974.)
BL shelfmark: Nov.22035.
- Kidd, Flora. The married lovers / (London : Mills & Boon, 1986)
BL shelfmark: H.87/993
- Power, Tyrone, Married Lovers; a petite comedy, in two acts [and in prose], etc. (London, 1831.)
BL shelfmark: T.1317.(11.)
I won't ask you to read them all; actually, I had ordered all of them, just to get an idea of how this concept of 'married lovers' is portrayed. If you have any thoughts on this issue, please post me a comment. Of course this will be for my private entertainment in my breaks. Who says curators shouldn't have a bit of diversion and fun?