আইজাক বাসেভিস সিঙ্গার

Wednesday, June 27, 2018


আইজাক বাসেভিস সিঙ্গার, ১৯৭৪ সালে সাহিত্য নোবেল পান। নিজের মাতৃভাষার প্রতি গভীর ভালোবাসায় তিনি নিচের কথাগুলো বলেন।
People ask me often, 'Why do you write in a dying language?' And I want to explain it in a few words.
Firstly, I like to write ghost stories and nothing fits a ghost better than a dying language. The deader the language the more alive is the ghost. Ghosts love Yiddish and as far as I know, they all speak it.
Secondly, not only do I believe in ghosts, but also in resurrection. I am sure that millions of Yiddish speaking corpses will rise from their graves one day and their first question will be: "Is there any new Yiddish book to read?" For them Yiddish will not be dead.
Thirdly, for 2000 years Hebrew was considered a dead language. Suddenly it became strangely alive. What happened to Hebrew may also happen to Yiddish one day, (although I haven't the slightest idea how this miracle can take place.)
There is still a fourth minor reason for not forsaking Yiddish and this is: Yiddish may be a dying language but it is the only language I know well. Yiddish is my mother language and a mother is never really dead.
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