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Blog entries on '28 April 2006'

Friday 28 April 2006

More on Appelfeld

More fabulous stuff on Aharon Appelfeld over at Spurious. The post reminds me that I need to put my hand in my pocket and shell out for a copy of Michael Brown and Sara Horowitz's Encounter with Aharon Appelfeld. The volume brings together critical papers, a number of Appelfeld's short stories, a long interview and a complete bibliography of Appelfeld's works and secondary sources (well, complete at time of publication, which was 2003).

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Friday 28 April 2006

Reading the World 2006

This year's Reading the World website is now up online, featuring books in translation from ten different publishers. This is the second year of Reading the World, a "collaboration between booksellers and publishers to help bring international voices from around the world to readers."

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Friday 28 April 2006

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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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The Dord, the Diglot, and an Avocado or two

Pre-order Anu Garg's new book: The Dord, the Diglot, and an Avocado or Two: The Hidden Lives and Strange Origins of Common and Not-So-Common Words (ISBN 9780452288614), published by Penguin more …

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The New Spirit of Capitalism The New Spirit of Capitalism
Luc Boltanski; Eve Chiapello
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Steve Lake, Paul Griffiths

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