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Blog entries on '28 March 2006'

Tuesday 28 March 2006

Finlay and Lem

You will, no doubt, have noted the sad passing of both poet/artist/gardener Ian Hamilton Finlay and "Polish satirical and philosophical science fiction writer" (most famously of Solaris) Stanislaw Lem. There are lots of links and information, on both these writers, at many sites, but wood s lot and Pierre's blog are good places to start learning more.

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Tuesday 28 March 2006

Paulhan profile

I've just published a wonderful, short profile of Jean Paulhan by Professor Michael Syrotinski. This accompanies Michael's Introduction to Paulhan's The Flowers of Tarbes which I published here on RSB at the beginning of February. Michael is the foremost Paulhan expert here in the UK, note his Defying Gravity: Jean Paulhan's Interventions in Twentieth-century French Intellectual History, The Power of Rhetoric, the Rhetoric of Power: Jean Paulhan's Fiction, Criticism and Editorial Activity, and Progress in Love on the Slow Side. I'll be interviewing Michael soon, in the meantime these excellent Paulhan texts should keep you busy!


It's difficult to overstate the importance of Jean Paulhan's role in French literature in the first half of the twentieth century, and the influence he wielded. He was closely involved with the leading literary review in France, the Nouvelle Revue Française, from 1920 to his death in 1968, and the director of the review during its illustrious interwar years. His position at the heart of the French literary scene, along with the many other associated editorial activities through which he nurtured and published the cream of a generation of writers, earned him the reputation as the 'grey eminence' of modern French literature.

(For all of Professor Syrotinski's profile of Jean Paulhan.)

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Tuesday 28 March 2006

PN Review special subscription deal

PN Review is offering an exclusive, special subscription deal to RSB readers: the opportunity to purchase an 18 month subscription for the annual subscription price of £29.50. That's 9 issues for the price of 6 - 50% extra reading! (For more about this subscription deal.)

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Tuesday 28 March 2006

McGough boycotts Rice

According to the BBC, Poet Roger McGough has "pulled out of a gala concert to welcome Condoleezza Rice to the city, amid protests by anti-war campaigners." Anti-war campaigners, including the Merseyside Stop the War Coalition, are expected to protest outside the event in Liverpool on the 31st March.

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Omens, after Alexander Pushkin

I rode to meet you: dreams
like living beings swarmed around me
and the moon on my right side
followed me, burning.

I rode back: everything changed.
My soul in love was sad
and the moon on my left side
trailed me without hope.

To such endless impressions
we poets give ourselves absolutely,
making, in silence, omen of mere event,
until the world reflects the deepest needs of the soul.

-- Louise Gluck
Averno (Carcanet Press)

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