Literalness or total accomodation

53rd Street (To Lose Those Possibilities That Exist Only In The Space Between) ©MAIERMOUL
53rd Street (To Lose Those Possibilities That Exist Only In The Space Between) ©MAIERMOUL

To move from this fertile middle ground towards either extreme — that is toward interlinear literalness or total accommodation to the language and time of arrival — is to lose those possibilities that exist only in the space between two times and languages.

– Richard Pevear, The Translator’s Inner Voice, Translating Music