By Minae Mizumura

ISBN-10: 0231163029

ISBN-13: 9780231163026

Winner of the Kobayashi Hideo Award, the autumn of Language within the Age of English lays naked the fight to keep the brilliance of one's personal language during this interval of English-language dominance. Born in Tokyo but additionally raised and expert within the usa, Minae Mizumura recognizes the worth of a common language within the pursuit of data, but additionally embraces the several methods of realizing provided by way of a number of tongues. She warns opposed to wasting this beneficial diversity.

Universal languages have constantly performed a pivotal function in advancing human societies, Mizumura exhibits, yet within the globalized international of the web, English is speedy changing into the only real universal language of humanity. the method is unstoppable, and striving for overall language equality is delusional--and but, specific types of wisdom should be received in basic terms via writings in particular languages.

Mizumura calls those writings "texts" and their final shape "literature." in basic terms via literature, and extra essentially during the varied languages that provide delivery to numerous literatures, do we nurture and increase humanity. Incorporating her personal studies as a author and a lover of language, and embedding a parallel background of eastern, Mizumura bargains an intimate examine the phenomena of person and nationwide expression.

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Besides, what difference could it possibly make if a novelist goes to a foreign country and speaks about her work or reads out passages from it in front of a small audience who might not even know who she is? And yet, though I mumble and grumble, every so often I do accept an invitation—in part because it is gratifying to be invited, after all, but also in part because the palm reader’s oddly confident prediction remains engraved in my mind. It could well be that some higher power is at work, unbeknownst to me, and if so I figure it can’t hurt to do its bidding every once in a while.

And yet, though I mumble and grumble, every so often I do accept an invitation—in part because it is gratifying to be invited, after all, but also in part because the palm reader’s oddly confident prediction remains engraved in my mind. It could well be that some higher power is at work, unbeknownst to me, and if so I figure it can’t hurt to do its bidding every once in a while. The invitation from the IWP came at a rather tricky time. That is, it came only two years after my health abruptly fell apart.

No. Plum? No. Cherry? No, no, much smaller. But all bonsai trees are small, aren’t they? Mmm, yes, but much smaller. As this exchange went on, the Mongolian poet volunteered to help by leaning in and saying something to the Lithuanian. I gasped. He was speaking in Russian. I could tell immediately because of all the Soviet films I had seen screened on campus when I was a student. In the same fluent Russian I’d heard in those films, he was asking something of the young Lithuanian poet. I knew that on the Eurasian continent there are people who look perfectly Japanese and speak fluent Russian, yet this was the first time that I had actually seen one.

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