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Similarly, the history of translation in the West is fraught with cases in which it has been prohibited, especially when the original is seen as too important to risk allowing imitations of it into circulation, amplifying, thus, the chance that their wholly important truth will be misrepresented. We all know from the biographies of Bible translators such as Etienne 29 Dolet and William Tyndale that breaking this ban, or circulating what are considered mistranslations of the Word, can have serious consequences.
As a result,” Schlegel writes, “they are stuck with either domestic poverty or domestic wealth” (217). Although national pride is not always regarded as a good thing, as is evident in Herder’s attack on the French, much of the discourse on translation produced by the German Romantics is underlined by a similar kind of patriotism. Echoing Herder’s comments, Schlegel remarks, “there is in the spirit of our language, as in the character of our nation – if indeed the two are not one and the same thing – a most versatile malleability” (216).
Nietzsche argues that we have no access to forms and essences. 18 What we call truth is not some fixed form or stable core inside the representational removes that orbit (and hopefully point towards) it. Truth is: a movable host of metaphors, metonymies, and anthropomorphisms: in short, a sum of human relations which have been poetically and rhetorically intensified, transferred, and embellished, and which, after long usage, seem to a people to be fixed, canonical, and binding. Truths are illusions which we have forgotten are illusions; they are metaphors that have become worn out and have been drained of sensuous force, coins which have lost their embossing and are now considered as metal and no longer coins.