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I'll let you wear it one day

‘I’ll let you wear it one day—when you can say “Kur-fürst-en-damm”,’ he offered, and the child knew it was an offer that would evaporate along with all the others and looked away in embarrassment at how glibly his father lied. 6 more words

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Whyever did I imagine I was different

Whyever did I imagine I was different, and could live differently from them? We are all in this together, this world of loss and defeat. All of us, every one of us, has had a moment when a window opened, when we caught a glimpse of the open, sunlit world beyond, but all of us, on this bus, have had that window close and remain closed. 6 more words

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Picking up my pen, I would remind myself

Picking up my pen, I would remind myself that the best translations are the most inspired, when the translator becomes fully a co-author of the work so that it is a coming together of two creative spirits in a single venture. 20 more words

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She suffered from a sense

She suffered from a sense that she was struggling, like a drowning fly, to raise herself up from the dull, turgid prose before her and somehow recover the art of flying. 6 more words

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Where has she been all this time,

Where has she been all this time, reading Jane Austen with them, and George Eliot? What has she been doing, talking of Victorian England and its mores? 41 more words

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'What made you decide to translate

‘What made you decide to translate these stories into a colonial language that was responsible for destroying the original language?’

Anita Desai, The Artist of Disappearance

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Now she could laugh at those rejections

Now she could laugh at those rejections and the way she had taken them to heart, letting their poison seep into her till the urge to write, the ambition to write, had quite died inside her. 6 more words

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