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"Pareschi-- pieno del sacro fuoco dei novizi-- si fa molte illusioni sul futuro e crede che alcune sue iniziative possono se no addirittura capovolgere, almeno migliorare di molto la situazione."
My own translation would be:
"Pareschi-- full of the holy fire of the convert-- deludes himself a lot about the future and believes that some of his initiatives could at least make the situation a lot better, if not even reverse it."
(note: I substituted "convert" for "novice" and could have put "zeal" or "enthusiasm" for "holy fire"-- or "sacred fire"-- but like the "holy fire" better as a term of expression-- also realize I could have translated "crede" as "thinks" instead of "believes")
For the record, the "standard" English translation in my English-language copy of the Ciano diaries is:
"Pareschi-- who has all the enthusiasm of the convert-- looks to the future hopefully and believes that some measures he is going to take will at least accomplish a great deal to better the situation, if not change it completely." (see what I mean about taking liberties with a literal translation?)
My question: the phrase "... se no addirritura capovolgere, almeno migliorare di molto la situazione." Am I right in making that "... could at least make the situation a lot better, if not even reverse it."
Or should the interpretation be more along the lines of... "if not reversing the situation, could at least make it a lot better."
Do you see the difference of emphasis? What I am asking, is Ciano saying that Pareschi thinks his measures will improve things, maybe even totally fix them (my interpretation)?; or does he mean that Pareschi realizes his measures won't totally fix things, but will at least make them much better? A subtle difference, maybe, but I like to try to get the meaning right as much as possible.
Thanks for any help or thoughts from our native Italian speakers on the forum!
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