REVIEW: Dog Star Notations by Håkan Sandell, translated by Bill Coyle, Carcanet, 2016
Dog Star Notations by Håkan Sandell, translated by Bill Coyle, Carcanet, 2016
Dog Star Notations features two decades of work from one of Scandinavia’s most prolific poets. Håkan Sandell, who lives in Oslo but hails from Malmo and writes in Swedish, was a cofounder of the ‘Retrogardist’ movement, which rejected post-modernism for a new Gnosticism. The sp...
Fucking Obsessed - Nia Davies on translating Mariam Alatar
Fury drew me in to Mariam Alatar's poetry. At the Reel Iraq translation workshop, where these translations were made, I leafed through poem upon poem of defiance at social and gendered constraints, at abuse of religious faith, violence, oppressive family power dynamics, de-humanising technology, estrangement and war.
Green and Brown
I asked my friend the translator, What was the first known act of translation in the history of mankind? His answer was, Probably something into or out of Egyptian. I thought about this for a while and ventured a certainty: No, I said, it was when a mother heard her baby babble or cry, and had to decide an instant what it meant.
– ‘Short Lecture On Translation’ from Twe...
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