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#5461 StephanieL

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Posted 23 March 2020 - 10:26 PM

I've had a ball reading the reprinted Yiddish restaurant ads, with their heavy helpings of English and Yinglish.  (Yes, I can read Yiddish--took a Workmen's Circle class eons ago.)


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#5462 Wilfrid

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 02:46 AM

I’ve had John Shoptaw’s study of Ashbery, On the Outside Looking Out for a long time, but had only read parts of it. Now working through, which is slow because it makes you want to re-read whichever poem is being discussed.

Also seeking to be one of the only people to read the English translation of the novel Charles-Louis Philippe wrote after Bubu de Montparnasse.

#5463 Wilfrid

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Posted 01 April 2020 - 03:03 PM

Catching up here.

 

Lion Feuchtwanger's Wartesaal (Waiting Room) trilogy, the first two volumes set in Bavaria in the 1920s and '30s, the third among Bavarian and other German refugees in Paris on the eve of war. I finished Success, and am almost done with Paris Gazette, which are the first and third volumes (I had trouble getting The Oppermans, but I now have it). It's not a single continuous narrative (there are a few recurring characters), so reading out of order is not a problem. It's a massive work. I was asking myself, is it like Musil? Like Broch? Like Doblin? Like Jules Romains? No, it's like itself. Feuchtwanger manages countless characters with flair, has a dry sense of humor, and tells the tale without high modernist flourishes. 

 

The recent New Yorker article on German artists in exile reminded me I hadn't read him.



#5464 Wilfrid

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Posted 01 April 2020 - 03:04 PM

Also, "The Task" by William Cowper, Ecstatic Religions by I.M. Thomas, and Rilke, The Poet's Trajectory by Volker Durr.



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Posted 01 April 2020 - 05:18 PM

I really need to read Oskar Maria Graf.
Summarizing, then, we assume that relational information is not subject to a corpus of utterance tokens upon which conformity has been defined by the paired utterance test.
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#5466 Wilfrid

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Posted 01 April 2020 - 11:02 PM

Looks like not much in English translation, sadly (for me).