Harry Mathews
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Syntax and vocabulary are overwhelming constraints -- the rules that run us. Language is using us to talk -- we think we’re using the language, but language is doing the thinking, we’re its slavish agents.

Translation is the paradigm, the exemplar of all writing. . . . It is translation that demonstrates most vividly the yearning for transformation that underlies every act involving speech, that supremely human gift.



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