If languages are tectonic plates, even with the aid of alchemy, the words do not seamlessly match up.
How does one translate 'Iblis'?
Is 'Iblis' a demon? A devil? A spirit? Or something else?
In translating The Wandering, author Intan Paramaditha and translator Stephen J. Epstein wrangled for a year over this single word.
The thought of such a discussion on the precise meaning of a word greatly appeals to my writerly sensibilities.