April 12, 2012
The San Francisco Bay Guardian interviews Jay Rubin and J. Philip Gabriel about translating the works of Haruki Murakami.
SFBG: How do you align yourself with the author so that even the subtlest aspects of their work are communicated?
JR: Maybe I'm not doing that. You never know, do you? I'm always saying that people shouldn't read translated literature, they should learn the language themselves. One way you can build up trust is by reading the translation and feeling to see if it moves you in the same recognizable ways as reading in your native language. There's never a guarantee that you're getting the unalloyed original. But if a piece of literature is able to make you afraid or delighted in some way, it's fairly likely that there's something in the original that does that too.
JPG: I work with writers who are fortunately still alive. I have the option of asking a question for clarification. Murakami's English is really good, and he is a translator himself, so he understands the challenges at hand and is happy to give suggestions.
The shortlist for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award has been named.
Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributor Willy Vlautin.
ELLE profiles Oh Land's Nanna Oland Fabricius.
Released last year, Oh Land's U.S. debut, an eponymous album of electronica-inflected pop—which ranges from haunting ballads to percussion-heavy, effervescent dance numbers—reflects her whimsical taste and bears a more than passing resemblance to the work of the Icelandic superstar. "It's a bit Alice in Wonderland–ish," she says of her harmony-happy, madrigal-style vocals. "I'm in my own world when I write and perform, one that is abstract. Oh Land is a land that I can escape to and be creative."
The A.V. Club interviews comics writer Brian K. Vaughn.
PopMatters lists the top 10 culturally significant banjo moments.
The Awl gets book tour advice from writers and publicists.
Amazon MP3 has 100 digital albums on sale for $5.
also at Largehearted Boy:
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