Links of the Week

Many of these links have been tweeted in the past, but here I can tag and categorise them for future reference. I hope you find some of them interesting too. Please feel free to discuss in comments or on Twitter.

From the Gallery of Lost Art, Lucian Freud's painting (stolen) of Francis Bacon.

From the Gallery of Lost Art, Lucian Freud’s painting (stolen) of Francis Bacon.

The Tate’s Lost Art Blog.

The Society of Authors list 50 outstanding translations from the last 50 years.

Marjorie Perloff’s essay Hugh Kenner and the Invention of Modernism.

In this scheme of things, Kenner’s bête noire was, not surprisingly, Bloomsbury. For him, the Bloomsburies were not Modernists but late or post-Victorians whose innovations—including the rejection of conventional plot and characterization—masked perfectly traditional English values.

A Guardian guide to Arvo Pärt’s (one of my favourite composers) music.

From Love Dog, Masha Tupitsyn’s superb film blog: Faces #3 (Charlotte Rampling). “Charlotte Rampling’s face did not express or show anything until it had lived through at least 50 years”.

Courtesy of Biblioklept, Guide for New Readers of Stendhal’s Charterhouse by Italo Calvino (Collected in Why Read the Classics?).

Brief reviews of Chantal Akerman’s films.

AV Club interview with Chantal Akerman.

Spectacularly intimate: a MUBI Notebook interview with Claire Denis.

From the Bookslut archives: A Soul Turned Inside Out: Clarice Lispector, Hélène Cixous, and L’Écriture Féminine.

Adam Palay: An Interview with Richard Powers.



3 thoughts on “Links of the Week

  1. In the list of outstanding translations, I would include Dalya Bilu’s translation of Yaakov Shabtai’s Past Continuous (Hebrew original: Zikhron Devarim), which is written as an unbroken paragraph (though not translated thus). She renders superbly Shabtai’s open-ended, back-and-forth sentences which often run for over a page and sometimes for over two or three. Hebrew would probably be harder to translate into English than certain other European languages (though the sensibility of the novel is modern/urban and probably does not pose much of a problem). Lists are lists but I’m surprised this novel/translator aren’t there since Nicholas de Lange, who recently co-translated S. Yizhar’s Khirbet Khizeh, is on the selection committee.

    Other translators I love who are missing from the list are: Michael Hofmann – I love his translations of Kafka’s work, and can’t imagine he wouldn’t have translated his father’s work just as well. I’d also include A.K. Ramanujam for his very good translations of work from Kannada and Tamil. His translations of the Sangam poets can, according to a Tamilian friend, be improved upon – and this friend is improving upon them – but it is difficult to translate most Indian languages into English, even recent work. The languages are quite different and so are the sensibilities of the work as well as the intended audience. For similar reasons, Ranjit Hoskote’s translations of Lalla, the 14th c. Kashmiri woman poet. His long introduction provides a fine context, he transliterates the Kashmiri into Roman script and often gives more than one translation. But all of this does not clutter the book since there is only one – very good – translation of a vakh (comprising 4 lines) on one page. The transliteration and alternative translation are at the end of the book. As for Russian novels, I love Michael Katz’s translations of both Turgenev’s ‘Fathers and Sons’ and Dostoevsky’s ‘Notes From the Underground’. And there’s Lydia Davis’s translation of ‘The Way by Swann’s’, but they’ve already included Proust.

    These are only suggestions. I’m surprised only by Dalya Bilu’s exclusion. It is probably because of the list’s strong bias towards books initially or eventually published by mainstream/corporate publishers. Otherwise, a fine list.

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