''Syntax and vocabulary are overwhelming constraintsthe rules that run us. Language is using us to talkwe think we're using the language, but language is doing the thinking, we're its slavish agents.''Harry Mathews (b. 1930), U.S. novelist. City Limits (London, May 26, 1988).
''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.''Harry Mathews (b. 1930), U.S. novelist. "The Dialect of the Tribe," Country Cooking and Other Stories (1980).
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