''Everything in life is always on the brink of altering, vanishing, or turning on its head. Translation, too, is a dynamic and dramatic transformation. Language is impossible to comprehend at face value. We must enter, instead, into a more profound relationship with words; we must descend with them to a deeper realm, uncovering layers of alternatives. This type of revelation is what translating Starnone’s work has taught me about language and about words—that they change as we blink and that they are rich with alternatives.''