Dagger in hand

A man of prodigious fortune, coming to add his opinion to some light discussion that was going on casually at his table, began precisely thus: "It can only be a liar or an ignoramus who will say otherwise than," and so on. Pursue that philosophical point, dagger in hand.

--Michel de Montaigne, Of the art of discussion.

Stab back: cmnewman99-at-yahoo.com


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Monday, November 04, 2002
SEE WHAT I MEAN... This piece by Dennis Loy Johnson of MobyLives.com illustrates why it would be nice to enlist some native speakers of the language in which you intend to promote a book:
From an ad in Publishers Weekly came some of the most shocking news of all -- according to the ad for Oriana Fallaci's new book, ''The Rage and the Pride,'' despite what you think you know, the Sept. 11 tragedies in New York City happened not at the World Trade Center but in Oriana Fallaci's apartment!

That's right, the ad says with this book the famous Italian journalist breaks a 10 year silence, ''The silence she kept until Sept. 11's apocalypse in her Manhattan house.''

No wonder she's in a rage!

That startling revelation also may reveal why the book is such a hit overseas. ''In Europe, this book has caused and causes a turmoil never registered in decades,'' the ad explains. ''And a million copies sold in Italy alone, where it still is at the bestsellers' top.'' What's more, ''Around a dozen the translations in which it will soon appear.''

If in English the translation in which it soon will appear is the same translator by, count me the eager readers among!

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