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May 25, 2008



Just a quick note: Christopher Middleton translated "The Parable of the Blind", not the author's son. I think he translated only the later work (The Film Explainer, Luck, Lichtenberg & the Little Flower Girl). Don't miss any one of them.


Got to admit that I haven't read much books during the past 10 years - and those I've read were those I've already read before...like Marc Aurel's Self-Reflections or Cicero's De legibus. Books worth publishing even 2000 years after they were written. Right now I'm reading more profane stuff: David Sklansky on No Limit Holdem. :)


We would all benefit from reading more Cicero.


Thanks for pointing out my mistake. Christopher Middleton is, along with Michael Hamburger, one our greatest translators from German - and, like Hamburger and Michael Hofmann, an accomplished poet in his own right.


No scholar I, I discover that I have been misspelling Fontane as Fontana all these years.
Wow. I don't know if I have the strength to read all these texts before I die.

Pat Patterson

Truce! I better get busy because after scrolling down the list I realized that most recent book I had read was Truman Capote's In Cold Blood but I did read Wolfgang Koeppen's The Hothouse in college and will probably reread it as well as the other two of the triology.

I suppose encouraging people to read is a good thing but no Shakespeare, no Euripides, no Herodotus or Thucydides, no L'Morte D'Arthur or Beowolf leaves me scratching my head in wonder.

As to German translations I would have to ask why no Hans Kirst or Karl May. Just kidding on the latter!



A good reading experience would be to read Mann's "Death in Venice" (Michael Henry Heim's translation) and then Koeppen's "Death in Rome" (Michael Hofmann's translation)

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