Getting from Here to There


  • David Solway Montreal



Translation, literature, philosophy


The task of translation is obviously impossible. But since we are the kind of creature that is programmed to succeed at failure, we are constantly propelled forward toward transcendence of limitation. Translation is the paradigm of all human striving, doomed to failure yet married to desire, and is therefore the inescapable expression of being human.


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Author Biography

David Solway, Montreal

David Solway’s most recent book of poetry is The Property of Things [Biblioasis, 2007]. A previous volume, Reaching for Clear [Véhicule Press, Signal Editions, 2007], won the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry awarded by the Quebec Writers’ Federation. An earlier volume, Franklin’s Passage [McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2004] was awarded Le Grand Prix du Livre de Montréal. He has won the QSPELL Prize twice, for poetry [Modern Marriage, Véhicule Press, Signal Editions, 1989] and for prose [Education Lost, OISE Press, a division of the University of Toronto Press, 1990].