What Is a "Relevant" Translation?

  title={What Is a "Relevant" Translation?},
  author={Jacques Derrida and Lawrence Venuti},
  journal={Critical Inquiry},
  pages={174 - 200}
How dare one speak of translation before you who, in your vigilant awareness of the immense stakes-and not only of the fate of literaturemake this sublime and impossible task your desire, your anxiety, your travail, your knowledge, and your knowing skill? How dare I proceed before you, knowing myself to be at once rude and inexperienced in this domain, as someone who, from the very first moment, from his very first attempts (which I could recount to you, as the English saying goes, off the… 

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