Articles tagged "Forum Thread"


Zbigniew Herbert: An Introduction

This article originally ran on January 7th, 2008 as part of a forum on Herbert's work. We republish it here as part of our month long look at International poetry and to celebrate the release of The…...

Yalo Discussion Forum

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Walser and the Visual Arts

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The Translators’ Roundtable Forum

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“The Assistant” Book Club Discussion

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“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…...

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 &…...

“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…...

“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,…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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.…...

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…...

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.…...

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…...

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