Mar 04, 2010, 07:41AM

On Translating Infinite Jest into German

Ulrich Blumenbach: Six years and one of those most complicated novels ever written.

“The limits of my language are the limits of my world,” Ulrich Blumenbach quotes Wittgenstein as saying in a Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung article to describe the challenges and inducements of the six years he spent translating David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest (Unendlicher Spass) into German — something he did without input from the author, who refused to speak to him.


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