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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...

Kerry James Marshall, an artist who grew up both devouring and scrutinising the Western art historical canon, has never been coy about his artistic ambitions: inscribing the black figure in the history of painting – a counter-archive of sorts aimed at correcting its painfully obvious exclusion History of Painting is precisely the title of his second presentation at the London branch of David Zwirner, which gathers 13 new paintings completed this year Most of these are acutely observed depictions of everyday vignettes within the realist tradition: a woman walking a dog in the street, or a man hanging from the branch of a tree gazing out into a wetland In another canvas, a woman prances just out of the shower, clad only in a pair of stripy panties and a towel in her hair as she chooses an outfit for the evening   Garments and design features tell us these are contemporary scenes, exploring the African American vernacular with a pop touch But spend a little more time in front of them and the modern veneer morphs into something much more classical, both in terms of motif and composition The bather, for example, is a trope that has fascinated painters across centuries – from Rembrandt, who in 1654 painted both ‘Bathsheba at Her Bath and Woman bathing in a Stream’, to Edgar Degas, who in the decade between 1885 and 1895 compulsively painted women at their ablutions Portraits of sitters with their dogs, typically aristocrats and nobles, have also been an Old Masters staple, just as much as the semblance of a young man seizing the landscape became a recurrent topic for the Romantics   The centrepiece of this exhibition, ‘Untitled (Underpainting)’, has been installed upstairs The large canvas presents a scene in a museum, where an educator is passionately explaining a painting to a group of children In a dynamic gesture lovingly captured, her fingers are pointing at the canvas, which we can’t really see In the foreground, some adults observe this pedagogical moment with their backs to us In the background, a multitude of museum-goers traverse the gallery behind Every single

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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

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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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June 2012

'The Freedom of Speech Itself', or the betrayal of the voice

Lorena Muñoz-Alonso

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June 2012

‘The instability of an accent, its borrowed and hybridised phonetic form, is testimony not to someone’s origins but only...

Interview

June 2016

Interview with Cao Fei

Izabella Scott

Interview

June 2016

The Chinese artist Cao Fei documents life in her country’s rapidly changing urban and social landscapes. Her eclectic work...

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Issue No. 4

Mysteries of Music

Michael Horovitz

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Issue No. 4

Having absently, that’s to say dozily switched on BBC Radio 3 down in the kitchen as is my frequent...

 

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