A space exists when one takes into consideration vectors of direction, velocities, and time variables. Thus space is composed of intersections of mobile elements… Space occurs as the effect produced by the operations that orient it, situate it, temporalize it, and make it function in a polyvalent unity of conflictual programs or contractual proximities… In short, space is a practiced place.
Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life, 1984, p. 117.
(We should) recognise translation as an art to be celebrated, not concealed.
Susan Bassnett, The Translator as Writer, 2006, p. 2.
It was the English translation of Mai (Hindi, 1997 ; English, 2000) that put the novel and its author, Geetanjali Shree, on the map of world literature. This is not so surprising as it may seem, since the novel investigates the condition of the postcolonial individual through a poetics of dis-location and (self-)translation in the age of globalisation. A novel that “ transcends linguistic and geographical bou...