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Blog entries on '10 May 2006'

Wednesday 10 May 2006

Stéphane Mallarmé

Just out from OUP is Stéphane Mallarmé: Collected Poems and other verse (new translations by EH and AM Blackmore; parallel French text). Mallarmé (1842-1898) is known to be one of the most radical and innovative and nineteenth-century; his work still strikes as magnificently modern. He is also known to be difficult. Leader of the Symbolist movement in poetry with Paul Verlaine, and at the centre of a group of Paris-based writers like Proust, Gide and Paul Valéry, Mallarmé infuriated his peers, and his friends like Edgar Degas, with his insistence on his theories of "pure poetry". More to follow on Mallarmé when I've read this and read up!

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Wednesday 10 May 2006

The Reader on the radio

I meant to mention this t'other day: our friends at The Reader were featured on Radio 4's Home Truths. The programme highlighted Get Into Reading, an outreach project run by The Reader which aims to change people's lives with books.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Wednesday 10 May 2006

TLS offer

As many of you will have seen, I've been trying to arrange some great subscription offers for RSB readers. The offers that we have with PN Review and The Reader are just the first of many: watch out for offers coming soon in conjunction with Agenda, Granta and Poetry magazine. Excitingly, the Times Literary Supplement have come on board and are offering RSB readers the chance to save up to 58% on a subscription. This isn't strictly an exclusive offer, but it is, as I understand, the best offer they do (the standard saving on a subscription is up to 43% rather than up to 58%). So, if you want to subscribe to the TLS at a fantastic rate you know what to do. (If you are an non-UK-based reader and wish to subscribe to the TLS at a reduced rate email me - I still need to get this aspect sorted.)

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Wednesday 10 May 2006

Marx and Flaubert

Who knew? (via adswithoutproducts)

The English edition of Madame Bovary hosted by Gutenberg was translated by none other than Eleanor Marx ... Karl Marx's youngest daughter. I had no idea. I probably should have known, but I didn't.

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Memorial Tablet

Squire nagged and bullied till I went to fight,
(Under Lord Derby’s Scheme). I died in hell—
(They called it Passchendaele). My wound was slight,
And I was hobbling back; and then a shell
Burst slick upon the duck-boards: so I fell
Into the bottomless mud, and lost the light.

At sermon-time, while Squire is in his pew,
He gives my gilded name a thoughtful stare:
For, though low down upon the list, I’m there;
‘In proud and glorious memory’... that’s my due.
Two bleeding years I fought in France, for Squire:
I suffered anguish that he’s never guessed.
Once I came home on leave: and then went west...
What greater glory could a man desire?

-- Siegfried Sassoon
Collected Poems (Faber and Faber)

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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
Horizons Touched: The Music of ECM Horizons Touched: The Music of ECM
Steve Lake, Paul Griffiths

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