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Late Night Question of the Week:

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on March 2, 2009 2 Comments

Is anything ever found in translation?

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2 Responses to “Late Night Question of the Week:”

  1. Youki on: 2 March 2009 at 6:24 pm

    What does “found” mean? I think that new meanings can emerge from translation — not just translating from one language to another, but from translating one person’s experiences, thoughts, and emotions into a mode of communication (speech, writing, art, music, dance, typography, origami, etc), and then translating that mode of communication back into another person’s experiences, thoughts, and emotions. However, “found” is exquisitely ambiguous. What is found? Meaning? Or some sort of self?

    “Found” can refer to both an object that is found (“I found out what it means”) and a sense of self (“I once was lost but now am found”). I’d like to think that it’s both, the process of finding meaning is part of a process of finding ourselves.

    “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
    That saved a wretch like me….
    I once was lost but now am found,
    Was blind, but now, I see.”

  2. daveski on: 2 March 2009 at 8:55 pm

    I wondered what it would be like if people read the title as an injunction, an order, a suggestion to “found (yourself?) in translation”

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