What would you be if you were attached to another object by an inclined plane wrapped helically around an axis?
Um. We don't have a word for that in English.
We do have an idiom though:
Life's a bitch, and then you die.
The official non-idiomatic translation of jiujie is "entangled", which maybe is a good approximation of what JZ is getting at.
1.(estar) hecho un lio
2.(estar) en un sin vivir