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The Astonishment of Words. An Experiment in the Comparison of Languages.

by Victor Proetz

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So, just how DO you say "Yankee Doodle" in French? This work was incomplete at the time of the visual artist author's death, but the idea is clear, and wildly eccentric. He wanted to know HOW certain cardinal works translate -- from English, into French and German. Provides magnificent illustrations from a variety of literate sources. To try the sound, and sight, of the Preamble of the US Constitution in Francaise and Deutsch -- [162]. The author confirmed that translations of the Constitution are not available from the US Congress, President, Library of Congress, nor even the United Nations. The number of people of different native tongues who have never read the Constitution for lack of facility in English "must be staggering". [165]
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