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Blog entries on '05 September 2005'

Monday 05 September 2005

Hugh Kenner's The Stoic Comedians

Ismo (whose own site The Modern World is such a gem) reminds me on Splinters that I should, by now, have read Hugh Kenner's The Stoic Comedians (Dalkey):

... a rich and energizing work which not only serves as a spirited introduction to the major works of the titular writers, but also provides a nice recap of the emergence of the printing press.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Monday 05 September 2005

The Rossica Translation Prize

"The Rossica Translation Prize, established by Academia Rossica, which was founded in London in 2000 with the aim of promoting cultural collaboration between Russia and the West, is the first prize for literary translation from Russian into English to be established anywhere in the world, and the inaugural prize will be presented at the Translators’ Association award ceremony on 3 October at the UCL Bloomsbury Theatre, London.  On Sept 27 there will be readings by some of the shortlisted candidates, including Hugh Aplin (Bulgakov's The Fatal Eggs), Andrew Bromfield (Kononov's The Naked Pioneer Girl), Robert Chandler (Platonov's Soul), Oliver Ready (Buida's The Prussian Bride), and Arch Tait (Volos' Hurramabad). The Prize is sponsored by the Foundation of the First President of Russia, Boris Yeltsin."

Rossica Translation Prize Readings: 27 September, 6.30 for 7pm, at the LRB Bookshop (14, Bury Place, London WC1). Tickets: £4 (£3 for LRB subscribers and Friends of Academia Rossica): 020 7269 9030


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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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