By George Steiner
In his vintage paintings, literary critic and student George Steiner tackles what he considers the Babel “problem”: Why, over the process background, have people built hundreds of thousands of alternative languages while the social, fabric, and fiscal benefits of a unmarried tongue are noticeable? Steiner argues that various cultures’ wishes for privateness and exclusivity ended in each one constructing its personal language. Translation, he believes, is on the very middle of human conversation, and hence on the center of human nature. From our daily notion of the area round us, to creativity and the uninhibited mind's eye, to the customarily inexplicable poignancy of poetry, we're always translating—even from our local language.
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I, 174a) The author falls asleep while contemplating the words of Lucretius and Job on man's self-torment and the brevity of life. Early in the vision he meets Death, a seemingly feminine creature, young on one side and old on the other, both elegantly and ordinarily bedecked. She mouths the Quevedesque commonplace that one begins to die at birth. QUEVEDO 48 on her throne attended by a multitude of little Deaths. these are the abstractions love, cold, hunger, fear, and laughter. A long string of conventional and allegorical figures Death sits Among The World, the Devil, Flesh, and Money take part in the procession as well as a host of well-known historical and proverbial people.
Some of the devils in the Visions are those of money, bribery, tobacco, chocolate, nuns, thievery, and political embroilment. In the dedication to "El alguacil endemoniado" ("The Bedevilled Constable"), Quevedo classifies generic diablo is The Suenos 51 devils according to the medieval book on demonology written by the well-known Michael Psellus. Six types of devils are distinguished according to their different habitations: those of fire, 12 air, earth, water, the underground, and the night. The devil also has many varied shapes and colors in Quevedo's Visions as well as in popular lore.
Job), written in 1641, Quevedo reveals he was rushed to prison in the royal convent of San Marcos in Leon, and he recounts the suffering he endured during the first two years of his internment. 3 He states that he was in solitary confinement during the first six months of his detention, never when his had sufficient money for basic necessities, underwent physical and mental stress, lost his servants through death, and he affirms he heard a rumor that he had been decapitated. On October 7, 1641, he sent a memorial to Olivares supplicating him to put an end to his long and miserable incarceration.