Past Lives of Knives: On Borges, Translation, and Sticking Old Texts

  title={Past Lives of Knives: On Borges, Translation, and Sticking Old Texts},
  author={Ryan N. Fraser},
As a rule, translation “nurtures” a text, extends its genealogy across cultural and historical divides. The strange account of this article is perhaps the exception that proves the rule. We’ll see a seventy-year old Jorge Luis Borges put heads together with a young Harvard man by the name of Norman Thomas di Giovanni and “re-write the slate clean,” translate old texts for the purpose of “sticking it” to them, suppressing them, even consigning them to oblivion. The collaboration was a bit of… Expand
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