Monthly Archives: March 2015

Transatlantic – unpacking Gombrowicz’s baggage

“My work is very chic, like a luggage set: the large suitcase, my novels; two medium-sized cases, my Diary and my plays; the small case, my short stories.” (Witold Gombrowicz) Danuta Borchardt’s translation of Gombrowicz’s Transatlantyk is on the PEN Translation Prize Longlist. Yet again she

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Narrative Witness: stories from Caracas to Sarajevo

The University of Iowa’s International Writers Program brought writers and photographers from Caracas and Sarajevo to tell stories together online last summer. The results of their collaboration, with translations into English, are now online. The photographers open up a window

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Little Black Books

Penguin turns 80 this year, and, to celebrate, has published 80 extracts of its classics for 80p. Since I myself only recently became reunited with my Penguin 60s (yes, 60 mini books for 60p, 20 years ago, now on their

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A language is a dialect with an army

Yesterday was St David’s Day, in self-imposed Finnish exile I’ll have to buy, not pick daffodils and sing the national anthem alone. It includes the immortal line: “O bydded i’r hen iaith barhau” (may the language endure for ever). Welsh

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