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In Praise of Babel

Un texte de Robyn Creswell
Like Jewish and Christian commentators, Muslim exegetes understood the Babel story to be a parable of how mankind’s hubris, in the form of a desire for knowledge or an attempt to reach the heavens, leads to divine punishment. The subsequent confusion of human idioms and scattering of peoples is a second fall from grace, an expulsion from the paradise of monolingualism. Henceforth, translation becomes at once necessary and impossible—impossible in the sense that no translation could ever match the transparency of the original Ur-Sprache...

Mise à jour le 20 décembre 2013
Créé le 20 novembre 2006
ISSN 2107-7029
DGESCO Clé des Langues