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Born Again in a Second Language (New York Times opinion pages)

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August 4, 2013, 5:15 pm 203 Comments 

By COSTICA BRADATAN

 

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In her exploration of the Catholic religion, “Letter to a Priest,” written the year before her death in 1943, Simone Weil noticed at some point that “for any man a change of religion is as dangerous a thing as a change of language is for a writer. It may turn out a success, but it can also have disastrous consequences.” The Romanian philosopher Emil Cioran, who was one such writer, talks of the change of language as a catastrophic event in any author’s biography. And rightly so. Read more...