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Helen DeWitt

Author of The Last Samurai and Lightning Rods , " Helen Dewitt knows, in descending order of proficiency, Latin, ancient Greek, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Arabic, Hebrew, and Japanese: 'The self is a set of linguistic patterns, ' she said. 'Reading and speaking in another language is like stepping into an alternate history of yourself where all the bad connotations are gone' ( New York Magazine )."