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September, 2008

Yalo Discussion Forum

Have a comment you'd like to add to the discussion? Add it below. Comments are moderated and may take a while to appear on the forum.

June, 2008

Walser and the Visual Arts

Post your thoughts on Walser or The Assistant below. Comments are moderated, and will appear after a very short delay, so avoid posting twice if you notice that your post doesn't appear immediately. Comment here on Tom Whalen's "Composition for Robert Walser" as well as Sam Jones's interviews with Tom…...

The Translators’ Roundtable Forum

Post your thoughts on Walser or The Assistant below. Comments are moderated, and will appear after a very short delay, so avoid posting twice if you notice that your post doesn't appear immediately. In the Translators' Roundtable, Damion Searls, Tom Whalen, Millay Hyatt and Mark Harman spoke about discovering…...

May, 2008

“The Assistant” Book Club Discussion

Post your thoughts on Walser or The Assistant below. Comments are moderated, and will appear after a very short delay, so avoid posting twice if you notice that your post doesn't appear immediately. Have a thought but need a prompt to put it into words? Take a look at our discussion questions: —Some…...

February, 2008

HERBERT: POET OF DESPONDENT HOPE

Raport z oblężonego miasta Report from a Besieged City by Cynthia Haven In the final installment in our discussion on Zbigniew Herbert's Collected Poems Cynthia Haven leads us through Herbert's Report from a Besieged City. We're deeply grateful for both Cynthia's and James's wonderful…...

“I will oppress you with my strange love”:  Andrzej Franaszek discusses the friendship of Zbigniew H

Andrzej Franaszek is a literary critic and cultural editor of the Polish weekly Tygodnik Powszechny. He is the author of Ciemne źródło (Dark Spring), which discusses the subject of suffering in the poetry of Zbigniew Herbert (the second edition will be published later in 2008). He is also…...

Inside the Echo Chamber: A Conversation with Alissa Valles

Alissa Valles was born in Amsterdam to an American father and a Dutch mother. She grew up in the USA and the Netherlands and studied Slavic languages, literature and history at the School of Slavonic & East European Studies in London and later at universities in Poland, Russia and the United States.…...

January, 2008

“Emigration, Displacement and Loss in Polish Poetry: An Interview with Anna Frajlich”

by Anna Frajlich Cynthia Haven talks to Anna Frajlich about exile, aesthetics, ethics and more in the work of Zbigniew Herbert. You can read Anna Frajlich's essay on Herbert's "Apollo and Marsyas" over here. —Editors Anna Frajlich has been called "the best Polish poetess of her generation." The…...

“The Truth of Human Suffering”: Anna Frajlich on “Apollo and Marsyas”

by Anna Frajlich Anna Frajlich talks about aesthetics and ethics in Herbert's "Apollo and Marsyas." Anna Frajlich has been called "the best Polish poetess of her generation." The émigré poet, scholar, and educator teaches at Columbia University.—Editors Herbert's poetry takes us into…...

Expanses of the Unspoken: An Interview with Peter Dale Scott

by Peter Dale Scott Cynthia Haven interviews Peter Dale Scott, one of the earliest translators of the work of Zbigniew Herbert. You can find James Marcus's introduction to the poet over here.—Editors Peter Dale Scott has worn many hats: he is a poet, former diplomat, professor emeritus of English…...

Final Thoughts on Laye

In the final installment of our book club discussion of Camara Laye's The Radiance of the King, Laila Lalami discusses the ways in which Laye's book went against the literary conventions of writing about "the dark continent."—Editors As I mentioned in an earlier post, the NYRB edition of Camara…...

December, 2007

Kafka and Laye—Literary Influences in “The Radiance of the King”

In this installment of our discussion of The Radiance of the King, Laila talks about the influences at play in Laye's work, the contentious issue of the book's authorship and the ways in which Laye is most like—and unlike—the author he quotes in the epigraph to his book.—Editors Let…...

Landing on an Unknown Coast—the Story of “The Radiance of the King”

In the second post in our December book club on The Radiance of the King, Laila Lalami talks about the story of The Radiance of the King and the unique ways in which it addresses the protagonist's complicated personal journey. Also see Laila's introductory post—Editors. I want to start our discussion…...

December Book Club—Laila Lalami on Camara Laye’s The Radiance of the King

This month, Laila Lalami heads our book club discussion of Camara Laye's The Radiance of the King. Laila is the author of the 2005 collection of fiction Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits and you can find more of her writing at her blog. We're thrilled to have Laila hosting discussion this month and hope…...

Cogwheels

As we come to the end of our book club on Ryunosuke Akutagawa's short story collection Mandarins, Michael tackles Cogwheels, another posthumously published story by the author. We'd like to thank Michael Orthofer again, for a great month of reading Akutagawa and a fantastic journey through the life and…...

November, 2007

The Life of a Fool

As we near the home stretch of our discussion of Ryunosuke Akutagawa's Mandarins, Michael Orthofer offers up some ruminations on The Life of a Fool, Akutagawa's posthumously-published collection of very short pieces. Earlier posts can be found here: a look at the titular story, Mandarins; the approach…...

Akutagawa—the Writer, the Works

As we near the end of our discussion of Ryunosuke Akutagawa's The Mandarins this month, Michael Orthofer dwells a little on our ideas of the author and his work. Earlier posts can be found here: a look at the titular story, Mandarins; the approach to storytelling in Evening Conversation; a conversation…...

Literary Influences and East Meets West

Michael Orthofer continues with yet another post for this month's book club, on the next of the stories from Ryunosuke Akutagawa's collections Mandarins. We began the month with an introduction to Akutagawa's works; a look at the titular story, Mandarins; and the approach to storytelling in Evening Conversation.…...

An Evening Conversation

Plowing ahead, we have the next post in this month's book club discussion on Ryunosuke Akutagawa's Mandarins. In this post, Michael Orthofer discusses the discursive narrative of Akutagawa's An Evening Conversation.—Editors I think it's worth lingering over An Evening Conversation,…...

What’s with the title?—and a look at “Mandarins”

Michael Orthofer kicks off discussion of Ryunosuke Akutagawa's short-story collection Mandarins in this post with a discussion of the titular story from the collection and a rumination on the murky provenance of its name. You can find Michael's earlier introductory post over here. So take a look, follow…...

November Book Club—Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s “Mandarins”

We're very pleased to bring you the first installment in this month's book club, dedicated to Ryunosuke Akutagawa's Mandarins. This month, discussion will be headed by Michael Orthofer, managing editor from the Complete Review and its Literary Saloon. We hope you'll follow along and jump into the fray…...

October, 2007

Arthur Philips on “The Rebels”, “Embers” and Gyula Krúdy

Arthur Phillips was born in Minneapolis in 1969 and educated at Harvard. He has been a child actor, a jazz musician, a speechwriter, a dismally failed entrepreneur, and a five-time Jeopardy! champion. His first novel, Prague, a national bestseller, was named a New York Times Notable Book, and received…...

David Leavitt Responds to Mark Sarvas in Our Book Club

Renowned novelist David Leavitt (The Indian Clerk, The Body of Jonah Boyd) doubles as the editor of Subtropics, the literary journal of the University of Florida. In Issue 3, Leavitt included the opening chapter of The Rebels, and I invited him to talk here a little about why he chose it. 1) How did…...

Mark Sarvas Talks about Fathers and Sons in “The Rebels”

Leading a book group discussion on Sándor Márai's The Rebels, one is faced with an interesting dilemma, one to which Arthur Phillips politely alluded to in his excellent New Yorker review. To begin, he told us: Sándor Márai keeps getting younger. Twelve years after he committed…...

October Book Club—“The Rebels” by Sándor Márai

This October, we're delighted to host a new installment in the WWB-Reading the World Book Clubs with a feature on Hungarian author Sándor Márai's The Rebels. Discussion will be headed by Mark Sarvas from The Elegant Variation, with contributions from David Leavitt and others. The Rebels…...

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