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Blog entries on '21 April 2006'

Friday 21 April 2006

Appelfeld's For Every Sin

A long, discursive, demanding, wonderful post from Mr Spurious, Hillcrests and Valleys, on Aharon Appelfeld's For Every Sin.

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Friday 21 April 2006


Worth keeping your eyes our for: War & War, by Hungarian writer László Krasznahorkai, is just about to land. Originally published in Hungary in 1996, I think, this is Krasznahorkai's second novel in English from American publisher New Directions (who don't have the rights to sell War & War in the UK, so you won't find it in a UK bookshop, but getting it online will be easy enough) translated by poet George Szirtes, who also translated the earlier The Melanchology of Resistance. No less than WG Sebald commented that Krasznahorkai's prose "far surpasses all the lesser concerns of contemporary writing."

Film buffs may well recognise Krasznahorkai's name as he has co-written with the director Béla Tarr (as Waggish has written so compellingly about).

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Friday 21 April 2006

The Poetry Foundation

The content of the The Poetry Foundation (American publisher of Poetry magazine) website gets better all the time. Their recent podcasts have been very good (April is National Poetry Month in the US) and now, happily, they've got themselves an RSS feed.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Friday 21 April 2006

The failure to express

A superb post, over at This Space, from Steve last night, in which he discusses Wallace Stevens and ends quoting Beckett (from a 1960 letter to an Israeli writer): "there is nothing more exciting for the writer, or richer in unexploited expressive possibilities, than the failure to express."

And there is a nice Beckett post, from Dan, over at The Reading Experience, entitled Making Me Say More Than I Want to Say, discussing "Beckett's disdain for elaborate readings of his work."

Posted by Mark Thwaite

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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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