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Blog entries on '02 October 2005'

Sunday 02 October 2005

The Year is '42

The Scott Moncrieff Prize for translation from French, a long-established annual award worth £2,000, goes this year to John Berger and Lisa Appignanesi for their translation of The Year is ’42 by Nella Bielski. (More on translation prizes from the TLS.)

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Sunday 02 October 2005

Sándor Márai

Lordy! A Sándor Márai blog! (via the Literary Saloon.)

Sándor Márai (1900-1989) was a Hungarian novelist of the 20th century. Deeply antifascist and anticommunist, he left Hungary in 1948 and never returned. His many works (including dozens of novels and a number of memoirs) languished in obscurity throughout his lifetime because Hungarian works are not often translated and he refused to allow their publication in Hungary while Soviet rule remained in effect. He committed suicide in San Diego in 1989, but his works are recently being rediscovered and his rightful place in the literary pantheon reassessed.

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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Luc Boltanski; Eve Chiapello
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Steve Lake, Paul Griffiths

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