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> writing: school work: tbd
> writing: gay y.a. novel: Elegant Battle Face Teenagers
> writing: romcom gay novel: Ideal Wait
> writing: romance novel (trilogy): Sense Memory, Muscle Memory, Blood Memory 
> writing:
> reading: school work: seminar:
E.M. Forster, Howards End (read)
Gertrude Stein, Three Lives
Jean Toomer, Cane
Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse (started)
Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita
Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart (started)
Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire
Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber
Also: Kathy Acker (familiar), Rebecca Brown, Dennis Cooper (very familiar), Sam D'Allesandro, Brad Gooch (familiar), Robert Gluck, AmyHempel (familiar), Lynne Tillman, David Wojnarowicz, Junot Diaz
> reading: school work: workshop: TBD
> reading: seminar teacher: Dale Peck
> reading: workshop teacher: Stephen Wright

Date: 2012-08-16 08:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rinue
OMG Things Fall Apart is amazing. Also I'm pretty sure my copy is your old copy, so I associate it with you.

Master and Margarita I wasn't into, but I think I read a not-good translation.

Date: 2012-08-17 07:37 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] knaveofstaves
Ah, man! I was about to come in and be like "Yay Bulgakov! Bulgakov yay!" The scene in that government building where everyone's dancing and stuff? Classic.

I hardly remember Things Fall Apart. Another victim of my weird "school reading books are icky" disease.

Date: 2012-08-17 07:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rinue
I do still have that copy of M&M, though, which you gave me and which is very attractive. But I think the translator may have abridged it a bit, because you and Ciro sometimes talk about scenes I don't remember being in there.

The translation problem is tough, as I imagine you know from your translations of bits of the Aeneid. I have read a British and an American translation of The Stranger, by Camus, and they are unrecognizably different. I mean, the events are the same, but the tone is completely opposite, and since the tone is the point of the book, it's hard to know what to think.

(I do know what to think, though, which is that the American translation is more accurate. The British translation is very funny and I like it a lot, but I feel it's a different book. It's a bit like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies I guess.)

Date: 2012-08-18 02:12 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] knaveofstaves
Is the American translation you're referring to by a guy named Matthew Ward? That's who did the one I've got, which I should really get around to reading.

Date: 2012-08-18 02:26 am (UTC)
rinue: (Default)
From: [personal profile] rinue
Yep, Ward is the American.

Date: 2012-08-18 06:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rinue
By the way, continue to love the wordstring "Elegant Battle Face Teenagers." I would wear that t-shirt. I would wear it so hard.

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