Category Archive: World Literature

PARTIAL SYMMETRIES: Norah Lange’s ‘People in the Room’ and Carla Maliandi’s ‘The German Room’

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Norah Lange, People in the Room, translated by Charlotte Whittle (And Other Stories, 2018) Carla Maliandi, The German Room, translated by Frances Riddle (Charco Press, 2018) By Rebecca DeWald “Reality is partial to… Continue reading

“WE HAVE TO HAVE NORA GOMRINGER!” An Interview with Annie Rutherford on translating ‘Hydra’s Heads’

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Editor Rebecca DeWald met Annie Rutherford, translator of Hydra’s Heads, the first English-language collection of poems by German poet and performer Nora Gomringer. Nora Gomringer, Hydra’s Heads, translated by Annie Rutherford (Burning Eye… Continue reading

ANTARES: Kristine Ong Muslim translates Filipino author Mesándel Virtusio Arguelles

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Mesándel Virtusio Arguelles’s 18 books in Filipino include, among others, Guwang, Pilas ng Papel: Mga Sanaysay sa Tula, Pesoa, and Kurap sa Ilalim, as well as a volume of selected poems, Ang Iyong Buhay ay… Continue reading

FALLING FOR THE ORIENT ALL OVER AGAIN: Mathias Enard’s ‘Compass’

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Mathias Enard, Compass, translated by Charlotte Mandell (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2017) By Defne Çizakça Compass, which won the Prix Goncourt in 2015, is the story of Franz Ritter, a Viennese musicologist suffering from a mysterious… Continue reading

LATVIAN POETRY SHOWCASE 3: EDUARDS AIVARS

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Three Scottish (Kathrine Sowerby, William Letford, MacGillivray) and one Welsh poet (Llyr Gwyn Lewis) travelled to Riga in late 2017 to work on translations with Latvian poets Inga Pizāne, Aivars Eduards, Katrīna Rudzīte, and Henriks… Continue reading

OLD ECCENTRICS. PATHETIC HIPPIES: Subversion and Ecology in Olga Tokarczuk’s ‘Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead’

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Olga Tokarczuk, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2018) By Marta Dziurosz Olga Tokarczuk is a prophetess – a semi-serious suggestion to that effect was… Continue reading

AESTHETICS OF THE CREPUSCULAR: Esther Kinsky’s ‘River’, trans. by Iain Galbraith

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Esther Kinsky, River, trans. by Iain Galbraith (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2018) By Daniel Davis Wood Only a few pages into Esther Kinsky’s River, I began to anticipate a very particular word. Sure enough, fifty or… Continue reading

EIBF 2018: LENDING A VOICE: Translated Literature and Migration

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This is one of a number of pieces covering events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which runs from 11th–27th August 2018 at Charlotte Square Gardens and George Street, Edinburgh. The events ‘Michael Hoffmann on Translation’, ‘Juan… Continue reading

NO HONOURABLE GODDAMN STEREOTYPES HERE: ‘An Ounce of Practice’ by Leo Zeilig

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Leo Zeilig, An Ounce of Practice (Hope Road Publishing, 2017) By Lynnda Wardle An Ounce of Practice by Leo Zeilig is a hugely enjoyable, ambitious bildungsroman following the life and loves of left-wing… Continue reading

CHARCO PRESS: Making Waves with Writers from Across the Pond

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Ariana Harwicz, Die, My Love, translated by Sarah Moses and Carolina Orloff (Charco Press, 2017) Luis Sagasti, Fireflies, translated by Fionn Petch (Charco Press, 2017) Margarita García Robayo, Fish Soup, translated by Charlotte… Continue reading

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