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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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Cambridge University Press
This is the first full-scale biography of Edward Carpenter, an 'eminent Victorian' who played an intriguing role in the revival of Socialism in Britain in the late nineteenth century. 'A worthy heir of Carlyle and Ruskin', as Tolstoy called him, Carpenter tackled boldly the problems of alienation under the pressures of commercial civilisation, and developed a strongly personalised brand of Socialism which inspired both the Labour Party and its enemies, Syndicalism and Anarchism. A homosexual, he grappled with the problems of sexual alienation above all, and emerged as the foremost advocate of the homosexual cause at a time when it was a social 'taboo'. This study, based upon letters and many other personal documents, reveals much of Carpenter's personal life which has hitherto remained obscure, including his 'comradeship' with some of his working-men friends and his influence upon such notable literary figures as Siegfried Sassoon, E. M. Forster and D. H. Lawrence.
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R. Clifton Spargo
Johns Hopkins University Press
Vigilant Memory: Emmanuel Levinas, the Holocaust, and the Unjust Death focuses on the particular role of Emmanuel Levinas's thought in reasserting the ethical parameters for poststructuralist criticism in the aftermath of the Holocaust. More than simply situating Levinas's ethics within the larger context of his philosophy, R. Clifton Spargo offers a new explanation of its significance in relation to history. In critical readings of the limits and also the heretofore untapped possibilities of Levinasian ethics, Spargo explores the impact of the Holocaust on Levinas's various figures of injustice while examining the place of mourning, the bad conscience, the victim, and the stranger/neighbor as they appear in Levinas's work. Ultimately, Spargo ranges beyond Levinas's explicit philosophical or implicit political positions to calculate the necessary function of the "memory of injustice" in our cultural and political discourses on the characteristics of a just society.
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Miss Nancy Ellicott
Strode across the hills and broke them,
Rode across the hills and broke them --
The barren New England hills --
Riding to hounds
Over the cow-pasture.
Miss Nancy Ellicott smoked
And danced all the modern dances;
And her aunts were not quite sure how they felt about it,
But they knew that it was modern.
Upon the glazen shelves kept watch
Matthew and Waldo, guardians of the faith,
The army of unalterable law.
Collected Poems 1909-62 (Faber and Faber)
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