Sophie Hughes on (English) Language as an Instrument of Control

“English is the sharpest of all instruments of control in a world where narratives are the building blocks of history and history is weaponized by hegemonic powers.”
– Translator Sophie Hughes on what is lost to the global anglophone publishing machine. “We need writing translated,” she writes, “Yet, in a world dominated by the English language and anglophone culture, translating into English increases the risk of original works being not just transformed, but traduced.”

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