Friday, July 13, 2018

The shaping of language

… From ‘La Bamba’ to Houellebecq: Frank Wynne’s linguistic odyssey. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Wynne, like those exiles who had gone before him Joyce and Beckett, found that playing with a language that is not your own means “there are fascinating things you can do with it”. The more he experimented with French the more he began to think about English and the possibility of sharing his literary enthusiasms in French with his nonfrancophone friends

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