I don't want to speculate too wildly, but it's possible that Infinite Jest is *already* a book in translation. What I mean by that is that although Infinite Jest is ostensibly written in American English, it is also so potent a work of literature that I suspect Wallace may have composed it first in a language of pure thought, a metaphysical language—a language of precision in which there is no ambiguity, no approximation of ideas, just the ideas themselves—and then translated it into English so that we could enjoy it. That's just a theory at the moment, but I think future scholarship will bear it out. Is it a little Out There? No. We're talking about the smartest man who ever lived. In a post-Wallace world, we have to be careful not to cling the old paradigm of possibility. I know that sounds overblown. I don't want to get carried away. I just think we should all keep in mind that we should read Infinite Jest because it's a good book, that's all, and because the fate of the universe depends on it.
Read the exact German version depicted in the OP. It was okay. The translator was pretty based. As far as I an tell he replaced wordplay you couldn't translate with adequate German expressions and I never had the feeling of 'oh this would make sense in English' that I sometimes get when reading other books.
>>7553163 >>7550652 I own this very version aswell because I read somewhere that the translator spent like 6 years on it and it is supposed to be very good (he won some literature award with the translation I think?) but I never got around to reading it more than a few pages before I borrowed it to a friend who I assume did not start reading it either so far. That was like a year ago what the fuck.
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