Born Again in a Second Language. By Costica Bradatan

“A writer’s language is not just something she uses, but a constitutive part of what she is. This is why to abandon your native tongue and to adopt another is to dismantle yourself, piece by piece, and then to put yourself together again, in a different form. To begin with, when changing languages you descend to a zero-point of your existence. There must be even a moment, however brief, when you cease to be. You’ve just quit the old language and the new one hasn’t received you yet; you are now in limbo, between worlds, hanging over the abyss.” Costica Bradatan – August 04, 2013

Click here for the entire article: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/04/born-again-in-a-second-language/?_r=0

 

 

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