LRO: Jouissance of Life (2)

When they poured across the border
I was cautioned to surrender
This I could not do

(Leonard Cohen, The Partisan)
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17th August 2018

What does the translator translate?

We are all translators, readers, interpreters. We are all translated, read, interpreted. Translation, reading, interpretation, occupy a central, crucial place in our existence since before we are born and beyond death. The current debate on abortion, for instance, can be reformulated and elucidated as a debate on the freedom of translation, of reading, of interpretation: a woman pregnant with an embryo of less than 14 weeks, does she have the right to choose if she interprets, if she reads, if she translates that embryo as a child to be reared or as a cyst to be removed? One position maintains that the pregnant woman has the right to choose her reading, her translation, her interpretation, and the other seeks to impose a mandatory reading, a mandatory translation, a mandatory interpretation. The rest is mere logical consequence. What does the translator translate in this case?

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