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Robert Oppenheimer: Shatterer of Worlds (London: British Broadcasting Corporation, 1980), p.
When he witnessed the first successful test he was so overcome by what he had done that he quoted from the ancient Hindu text, the Bhagavad-Gita - "I am become Death, the shatterer of worlds.
To him she is the shatterer of his dream of a re-established dynasty that would have rescued his family from colonial extinction--but what his horrible words demonstrate is the genealogy of violence in the colonial space, as black men oppress the women alongside whom they are oppressed.
Robert Oppenheimer, the 'father' of the atom bomb, was under no illusions about the monster he had unleashed, choosing words from Hindu scripture: 'I am become Death, the shatterer of worlds'.
The most celebrated transposition of word and revocalization is that of Bevan, who transposes the word [LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] and--repointing [LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] to [LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]--renders the clause as [LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] "when the power of the shatterer (of the holy people) should come to an end," (11) referring to Antiochus IV.
Anna, as the thought-provoking shatterer of convention, abandons prohibition and all it entails in order that transgression alone will triumph.