Friday, December 30, 2011
Karaoke Culture by Dubravka Ugresic
Stone Upon Stone by Wieslaw Mysliwski
Coming from an Off-Key Time by Bogdan Suceava
12 Who Don't Agree by Valery Panyushkin
The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine by Alina Bronsky
Picture World by Niels Frank
Not much to say about cinema though we did enjoy Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris and our favorite blockbuster film to absolutely avoid is Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Don't waste your money!
Our favorite music video features, what else? Supermodels.
And our favorite newsletter of 2011 is the new Absinthe newsletter sent out monthly on the 15th! You can sign up right here for news about Absinthe, interesting events, book & film recommendations, and more.
We're looking forward to a great 2012 and wish you all a Happy New Year!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
And don't forget to sign up for our new monthly e-newsletter with news from Absinthe HQ, information about events of interest, book & film recommendations, and much more.
2012 promises to be a great year. A few things to look forward to:
1. Absinthe 17, our special issue on Bulgaria will be published this spring
2. The return of the Absinthe Festival of International Film & Writing
3. Our new book publishing imprint will debut with our first book scheduled for this fall. I can't say much about this now but here is a hint.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
(If your browser cuts off part of the video you can watch it here too.)
Focus: Where should we seek salvation from the economic crisis? You said we could find it in science.
Georgi Gospodinov: Salvation lies in us understanding that the economic crisis is not solely economic and that the exhaustion of basic things, like human culture and civilisation, lies behind it. This is a crisis of civilisation, not just of economy. This is why I envisage art’s life-saving role as a machine for sense and solace. Things, that we think have long ago happened, will be happening – very simple things. We will be moving towards a new type of ecology – not just of environment, but of men, if we really want to survive.
As mentioned in a previous post, our next issue focuses on Bulgaria and just might include an interview with Gospodinov, along with an excerpt from his new novel. Stay tuned!
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Additionally, worth checking out, is a review and interview with the Bulgarian writer Miroslav Penkov, author of the story collection East of the West.
(And a hint of things to come: Absinthe #17 is a special issue focused on Bulgaria!)
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Though not a book in translation, Nomad, the newest book by interior designer and writer Sibella Court is a delight to read and peruse. Based on her trips to several international locations, Court's book provides tips on how to use colors, patterns, and keepsakes from travels as style ideas for one's home. Some of her many tips include how to reimagine common objects and fabrics, like old sari borders found in India, and reuse them as tablecloth runners. In another example, a trip to the Syrian desert and a glimpse of Bedouin tents inspires a secluded space in a city loft using linen strung on metal poles. As Court herself says, vacations are too few and far between, but by incorporating a few of her ideas around your home, you can find easy and simple ways to keep your journeys alive around you.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Mas il mio dio se ne va in bicicletta
from Absinthe #16, translated by Alexis Levitin
Thursday, December 1, 2011
from "Gooseberries" by Katya Metelitsa, translated by Asya Graf, in Absinthe #16
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Bring silence to an end, and begin again
Sunday, November 27, 2011
While at the conference I recorded a few brief videos with several of the attendees and will be sharing them on this blog over the course of the next few weeks.
An odd moment occurred when Open Letter Books publisher Chad Post and I were grabbing an early coffee before one of the sessions ended. A group of electricians (from another conference) walked by the coffee and treats table and, after noticing a sign mentioning that the snacks were for the ALTA conference, one man said "literary translators" in a disdainful tone one might use when referring to a group of people as "assholes!"
Not sure what that was all about.
Friday, November 25, 2011
from "Mo", a story by Ilse Kilic in Absinthe#16
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
from "The Chicken, the Rabbit, the Cow, the Ape, and the Horse" by Line-Maria Lang in Absinthe #16.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
To see Burrill's work, please visit his website: http://www.anthonyburrill.com/
To hear some of Acid Washed's music listen below and look for their new album in Spring 2012:
Friday, November 11, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
The new issue features great poetry and prose from Abdelkader Benali, Gastao Cruz, Hans Durrer, Niels Hav, Line-Maria Lang, Katya Metelitsa, Gonca Ozmen, Chris Tysh, Michael Stein, and Jesper Wung-Sung, along with our book & music recommendations. In addition, art by Pedro Matos appears on the cover and in an 8-page portfolio.
Monday, September 5, 2011
The Popescu Prize is awarded by the Poetry Society in collaboration with the Ratiu Foundation every two years for the best volume of poetry translated into English from a European language.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
European film buffs know all about the festivals in Cannes, Venice and Berlin – even Karlovy Vary has become a familiar name on the festival trail. But for those looking for the new and next generation of European and world filmmakers it’s worth taking a look at the Fresh Film Fest which kicks off on August 24 in Prague. The festival focuses on directors’ first and second features, as well as having competitions and programs devoted to student film and animation.
Unlike the major festivals, where a retrospective is likely to be devoted to a renowned, internationally-celebrated figure the Fresh Film Fest is doing a retrospective of up-and-coming Hungarian director Benedek Fliegauf (b. 1974), whose fourth feature “Womb” just premiered this month.
For more on the festival read this preview article and I hope to have time to see some of the films and will provide updates shortly.
Photo (Fresh Film Fest) – A scene from “Transfer,” by Croatian-born German director Damir Lukačević – a sci-fi story of an older, rich white couple that pay to transfer their consciousnesses into the bodies of two young healthy African immigrants.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
New Europe Writers recently published Bucharest Tales, featuring poetry and prose by over 30 writers, including Mircea Cartarescu, Bogdan Suceava, Dan Lungu, Saviana Stanescu, Flavia Cosma, and Stelian Tanase.
Of Gentle Wolves, an anthology of Romanian poetry, published by Calypso Editions, presents a bilingual collection from 14 poets, edited and translated by Martin Woodside.
Wasted Morning, by Gabriela Adamesteanu and translated by Patrick Camiller, is published by Northwestern University Press and "presents a sweeping vision of the personal and collective costs of a turbulent century."
The publication of these works (along with Absinthe #13) provides a great opportunity to read many of Romania's excellent writers.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
A number of major collections of European cinema have banded together to create an online portal offering films, film photos and posters as well as documentation from the history of film. The European Film Gateway (EFG), launched on July 26th and to be completed by September, makes it possible to watch everything from turn of the 20th century documentary footage to early films of Rossellini and Antonioni online.
Additional material includes censorship documents, filmmakers’ correspondence and the 280 books contained in the digital library of La Cinémathèque française. A lot of technical bugs need to be worked out and many of the links don’t work yet, but EFG is already a formidable resource to delve into the past century and more of European cinema.
For more on the project click here …
Photo – Rainer Werner Fassbinder on the set of “The Merchant of Four Seasons” (1971) – Source: Deutsches Filminstitut / Collection Peter Gauhewww.europeanfilmgateway.eu
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
An excerpt from European Trash (2009):
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Translated by Erland Anderson