You ask me what I mean
by saying I have lost my tongue.
I ask you, what would you do
if you had two tongues in your mouth,
and lost the first one, the mother tongue,
and could not really know the other,
the foreign tongue.
Everytime I think I’ve forgotten,
I think I’ve lost the mother tongue,
it blossoms out of my mouth.
Sujata Bhatt, Search for My Tongue, 1988.
“…it is a matter of worldliness as a proliferation of “identity” without end and without model – and perhaps it is even a matter of “technology” as a technè of a new horizon of un-heard-of identities”.
Jean Luc Nancy, War, Law, Sovereignty – Technè, 1991.