I liked this sharp reminder that literature is always work-in-progress, particularly in translation. While I have used the term ‘definitive’ for some translations, it inevitably implies the caveat ‘so far’.   

‘The concept of a definitive text belongs to either religion or weariness.’  

 

Source: Jorge Luis Borges, quoted in Alberto Manguel, Homer’s The Iliad and the Odyssey: A biography (New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2007), p. 132

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