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Balaban’s translation, with its image of the “bell” that “tolls,” reminds the readers that this translation came from a Western perspective. John Donne’s famous poem “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and Hemmingway’s novel of the same title has become a part of the popular imagination when picturing church bells. In using these specific words, Balaban conjures these cultural touchstones and brings Western conceptions of life and death into Ho’s critique of Eastern religions.
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