By Alberto Manguel
At one magical fast on your early adolescence, the web page of a book—that string of stressed, alien ciphers—shivered into which means. phrases spoke to you, gave up their secrets and techniques; at that second, entire universes opened. You grew to become, irrevocably, a reader. famous essayist Alberto Manguel strikes from this crucial second to discover the 6000-year-old dialog among phrases and that magician with out whom the ebook will be a dull item: the reader. Manguel lingers over analyzing as seduction, as uprising, as obsession, and is going directly to hint the never-before-told tale of the reader's growth from clay capsule to scroll, codex to CD-ROM.
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52 This is not to say that Murakami’s novels appeal to each audience in the same way. 54 Murakami also incorporates translation—this is the third way—by emphasizing the diﬀerence among Japanese writing systems, the character-based kanji and the syllabic hiragana and katakana, to create the impression of multilingualism on the page. 55 This practice has proved challenging to his translators, since they have had to ﬁnd analogues in single-script writing systems such as English, Danish, Norwegian, Polish, and many other European languages.
It also has close ties with literary modernism. In some ways the association between non-translation and modernism is odd since so many modernist writers served as translators and created new works out of the translation and collage of other works. But the project of collage and the turn to the lyric in ﬁction emphasized the development of a particular language in relation to other languages and other versions of language. Promoting a sense of intimacy through sound and voice, many of the signal works of modernist ﬁction have to be heard as well as read.
The relationship between the two languages, condensed in the narrator’s argot (“there were three devotchkas sitting at the counter all together, but there were four of us malchicks . 122 In many other twentieth-century works, multilingualism has served to record the political history of language imposition and language use; generate a new language; 36 IN T R ODUC T ION and give shape to an audience whose distinctiveness is aﬃrmed by the work. Díaz’s stories are exemplary since they demonstrate some important continuities and divergences from the Joycean model.
A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel