By Javier Marías

At excessive desk in an Oxford collage, the gorgeous younger educate Clare Bayes attracted all eyes, now not least to her fetching decollettage. No one's eyes have been sharper, even though, than these of the vacationing Spanish lecturer, invited as a visitor in this party, and finally the 2 youngsters have been fans, unbeknown to Clare's husband. And if the Spaniard was once at pains to hide their tracks, his cherished left proof of adultery with homosexual abandon - and all this in a college that used to be a forcing condo of gossip and intrigue, a spot the place "at each be aware a name dies".

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48 [Fragments of a vessel which are to be glued together must match one another in the smallest details, although they need not be like one another. 49] By transforming and renewing its source text, translation contributes to the ‘Fortleben’ [‘afterlife’] of the original;50 it also, however, transforms the mother tongue of the translator. Benjamin quotes from Pannwitz: [U]nsere übertragungen, auch die besten, gehn von einem falschen grundsatz aus, sie wollen das indische, griechische, englische verdeutschen, anstatt das deutsche zu verindischen, vergriechischen, verenglischen.

Forster has defended Herder from accusations of nationalism,68 but Herder’s influence on Fichte’s 1808 Reden an die deutsche Nation is certainly manifest in a nationalism that equates intercultural and interlingual mixing with confusion: Was dieselbe Sprache redet, das ist schon vor aller menschlichen Kunst vorher durch die bloße Natur mit einer Menge von unsichtbaren Modernism and Babel 29 Banden aneinander geknüpft; es versteht sich untereinander, und ist fähig, sich immerfort klarer zu verständigen, es gehört zusammen, und ist natürlich Eins und ein unzertrennliches Ganzes.

That ambivalence in part reflects the persistence of Romantic conceptions of the relationship 28 Multilingualism in Modernist Fiction between national language and national literature. As Herder writes in 1767: Wenn also jede ursprüngliche Sprache, die ein Landesgewächs ist, sich nach ihrem Himmels- und Erdstriche richtet: wenn jede Nationalsprache sich nach den Sitten und der Denkart ihres Volks bildet: so muß umgekehrt die Literatur eines Landes, die ursprünglich und national ist, sich so nach der originalen Landessprache einer solchen Nation formen, daß eins mit dem andern zusammenrinnt.

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