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George Szirtes
George Szirtes's many books of poetry have won various prizes including the T. S. Eliot Prize (2004), for which he is again shortlisted for Bad Machine (2013). His translation of László Krasznahorkai's Satantango (2013) was awarded the Best Translated Book Award in the US. The act of translation is, he thinks, bound to involve fidelity, ambiguity, confusion and betrayal.

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Foreword: A Pound of Flesh

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Issue No. 12

George Szirtes

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Issue No. 12

1.   ANALOGIES FOR TRANSLATION ARE MANY, most of them assuming a definable something on one side of the equation – a fixed original...

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January 2014

Afterword: The Death of the Translator

George Szirtes

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January 2014

1. The translator meets himself emerging from his lover’s bedroom. So much for fidelity, he thinks. 2. Je est...

First published in The White Review No 14, July 2015   In Rachel Cusk’s eighth novel, OUTLINE, a character named Anne, who has just suffered a violent attack, explains why she considers it important to speak about her experience ‘If people were silent about the things that had happened to them,’ she asks, ‘was something not being betrayed, even if only the version of themselves that had experienced them?’ Cusk’s work — fiction and non-fiction – is imbued with the same defiant honesty to which her characters aspire Her non-fiction books – especially AFTERMATH, a raw, elliptical response to her 2009 divorce, and A LIFE’S WORK, a memoir about the bewilderment of first-time motherhood – have attracted vitriol from readers who balk at the candour with which she writes about personal subjects; praise from those who admire her determination to question herself, her refusal to conform to established female roles   Cusk’s career has, on paper, been conventional and glittering Her 1993 debut, SAVING AGNES, won the Whitbread First Novel Award when Cusk, like her characters, was fresh from university; her third novel, the Wodehouse-esque comedy of manners THE COUNTRY LIFE, earned the Somerset Maugham Award She was named one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2003, and her latest novel, OUTLINE, was shortlisted for the Bailey’s and Folio prizes; soon after we meet, its cover could be found adorning posters on the tube Her work seems to follow the trajectory of a life: four years on from A LIFE’S WORK, Orange Prize-shortlisted ARLINGTON PARK (2005) featured an array of desperate housewives, suburban mothers who contemplate child-murder as they negotiate coffee-mornings and dinner parties In THE BRADSHAW VARIATIONS (2009), Tonie has had enough, and goes back to work, guiltily leaving her husband at home with their daughter By OUTLINE, the protagonist is divorced, her children grown: Faye is in Athens to teach a creative writing course, mirroring the details of a British Council tour Cusk herself embarked on in 2012 Far from being self-revelatory, Faye is an unknowable narrator, her name only revealed towards the novel’s end: OUTLINE accumulates the stories

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August 2014

George Szirtes

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August 2014

George Szirtes’s many books of poetry have won various prizes including the T. S. Eliot Prize (2004), for which...

Shine On You Crazy Diamond

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November 2013

George Szirtes

poetry

November 2013

And so they shone, every one of them, each crazy, everyone a diamond shining the way things shine, each becoming a gleam in his...
Rescue Me

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November 2013

George Szirtes

poetry

November 2013

Pain comes like this: packaged in a moment of hubris with a backing band too big for its own good. It isn’t the same...

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March 2014

The Nothing on Which the Fire Depends

Micheline Aharonian Marcom

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March 2014

Friday 9 November 2009   The coffee is lukewarm, but she doesn’t mind to drink it this way. She...

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Issue No. 5

The White Review No. 5 Editorial

The Editors

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Issue No. 5

One of the two editors of The White Review recently committed a faux pas by reacting with undisguised and indeed...

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January 2016

Eight Minutes and Nineteen Seconds

Georgi Gospodinov

TR. Angela Rodel

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January 2016

The minute you start reading this, the sun may already have gone out, but you won’t know it yet....

 

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