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Blog entries on '17 October 2005'

Monday 17 October 2005


Sigrid Rausing, who just bought Granta, also owns Portobello Books. They have just launched their portfolio with three interesting-enough looking titles: Jeremy Leggett's Half Gone (Greenpeace Chief Scientist explains that the oil is running out - yup, really!); Nasrin Alavi's We Are Iran ("a seamlessly-edited, multi-voiced bulletin from contemporary Iran ... using the nation's blogs as its primary source") and Glen Neath's debut novel The Outgoing Man.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Monday 17 October 2005

Thomas Bernhard: The Lunatics - The Inmates

In my interview with him, I asked Micheal Hofmann what he thought of Thomas Bernhard's poetry. Well, those of us who can't read German now have the chance to read James Reidel's translation of The Lunatics - The Inmates (via Wood s Lot):

... a sixteen-page poem written early in Thomas Bernhard's career and originally published privately. Though not all of Bernhard's obsessions surface in the poem--the prose passages in particular possess the logic and the structure of thought that would characterize Bernhard's first novel Frost and the novels that followed it. For this e-chapbook, every attempt has been made to preserve the original (and sometimes eccentric) spacing and pagination of the original.

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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