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Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets

This woman can tell a story or two. Or a hundred. Svetlana Alexievich writes so well because she knows who to ask and how to listen. She received last year’s literature Nobel for her ‘polyphonic writings’ – but she’s not a

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Hunted by the fox

Herta Müller is a Nobelist writing in German. Philip Boehm was awarded the Oxford-Weidenfeld Prize for translating her The Hunger Angel and has also translated Brecht and Hanna Krall. I’d been meaning to read both their work for a while, and

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Tutaj / here

“Granted, in daily speech, where we don’t stop to consider every word, we all use phrases like ‘the ordinary world,’ ‘ordinary life,’ ‘the ordinary course of events’ … But in the language of poetry, where every word is weighed, nothing

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“It is time to speak out”: Svetlana Alexievich, Nobel Laureate 2015

Belarusian journalist Svetlana Alexievich has been awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature for her “Polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time.” Born in Ukraine to a Ukrainian mother and a Belarusian father, she worked as

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25 years – that’s a quarter of a century…

In just a few weeks time, it will be 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. That’s a quarter of a century… makes a girl think. If you, too, wear glasses from reading too much small print, you will

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three per cent: best translated book from German 2014

Just three percent of books published in the US are in translation, and less than one percent are literary fiction and poetry. The University of Rochester is trying to change that, with its three per cent website and Best Translated

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an anchor and a voice-right: Seamus Heaney’s translations

It’s not Seamus Heaney’s month’s mind yet, but his first memorial has gone up in the National Portrait Gallery in London. The Nobel awarding committee were right to call him a beautifully lyrical poet. His poetic translations are full of energy and life, and

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