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 :: 1930-, American Novelist

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A man is too apt to forget that in this world he cannot have everything. A choice is all that is left him.
~ Harry Mathews - [Choice]

 

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Syntax and vocabulary are overwhelming constraints --the rules that run us. Language is using us to talk --we think we're using the language, but language is doing the thinking, we're its slavish agents.
~ Harry Mathews - [Language]

 

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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 - [Translation]

 

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