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Bridging the Divide #8 | Lars Mytting (author) Deborah Dawkin (Translator) The Bell in the Lake

Bridging the Divide #8 | Lars Mytting (author) Deborah Dawkin (Translator) The Bell in the Lake

September 3, 2020

“‘And this also’, said Marlow suddenly, ‘has been one of the dark places of the earth.’ This epigraph, taken from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, sets the tone for Mytting’s sweeping investigation of legend, superstition, and the effects of industrial and ideological change on a small, secluded village in rural Norway . . . A powerful contemporary narrative that is rooted in history.Rachel Goldblatt, The BookBlast Diary

What were your sources for the pagan, Viking and Christian folklore myths and legends referenced in The Bell in the Lake? Is all communication translation? Tune in to hear the answers to these questions and more . . .

Presented by Georgia de Chamberet | Produced by Rupert Such

Bridging the Divide #7 | Lucy Popescu (Journalist) Lulu Norman (translator) on Aziz Binebine

Bridging the Divide #7 | Lucy Popescu (Journalist) Lulu Norman (translator) on Aziz Binebine

August 27, 2020

"Tazmamart was an underground military prison in southeast Morocco where those considered enemies of the king were detained from 1972 to 1991. It was built after two failed coup d’états against Hassan II of Morocco. Many of those detained were unwitting participants in the alleged coup . . ." Lucy Popescu, The BookBlast Diary

How easy is to forgive a regime and one’s former torturers?

What were Aziz’s primary motives behind writing this book – to lay ghosts to rest? To effect change? The world he depicts is barely imaginable for those of us living in a democracy.

Tune in to hear how Aziz Binebine survived 18 years in a #Moroccan desert Hell.

Presented by Georgia de Chamberet | Produced by Rupert Such

Bridging the Divide #6 | Interview : Michael Schmidt, Carcanet Press

Bridging the Divide #6 | Interview : Michael Schmidt, Carcanet Press

August 20, 2020

The world of publishing has changed a great deal since you first founded Carcanet in 1969 with Peter Jones, Gareth Reeves, working from a farmhouse kitchen table. What is the magic ingredient meaning you have been able to adapt and evolve?

Publishing poetry is a tricky business. Your list comprises collections by established English language poets, new editions of work by deceased writers, and newcomers on the scene. Tell us about five of your lead titles in translation, and what makes each one so special.

Since making a living from writing – let alone poetry – is hard these days, do many of your poets run creative writing courses? Can you recommend a couple to our listeners?  

Hear Michael Schmidt, publisher & co-founder of Carcanet Press, answer these questions and give unexpected insights as he talks about his love of literature and publishing poetry in translation. 

Presented by Georgia de Chamberet | Produced by Rupert Such 

Bridging the Divide #5 | Interview : James Womack, translator

Bridging the Divide #5 | Interview : James Womack, translator

August 20, 2020

James Womack is an Affiliated Lecturer in the Spanish and Portuguese Section at Cambridge University’s Fitzwilliam College. He reveals how he landed in Spain and translating Manuel Vilas’s latest collection of poetry and short fiction, Heaven, published this year by Carcanet Press. The author of fourteen collections of poetry, seven books of essays, and seven novels, Vilas’s novel Ordesa was a bestseller in Spain; is forthcoming in English with Canongate in November 2020. 
  
“Vilas is exceptionally skilled at capturing the misery and ecstasy that can coincide and enmesh in a single moment . . . Emotional depth and layers of meaning shine through Womack’s rhythmic translation and his use of extraordinary vocabulary . . . As in all great poetry, ordinary and unsuspecting moments are suddenly infused by a subliminal energy that transforms a mundane thought or event into a profound and valid realisation” . . . From the review by Rachel Goldblatt for The BookBlast Diary 

Presented by Georgia de Chamberet | Produced by Rupert Such

Bridging the Divide #4 | Interview: Anne Meadows (Granta) Jamie Lee Searle (translator)

Bridging the Divide #4 | Interview: Anne Meadows (Granta) Jamie Lee Searle (translator)

August 13, 2020

"Anna Kim’s The Great Homecoming is a sweeping tale of friendship and betrayal that explores the devastating impact of the Korean War, Russian and American politicking and the Cold War on individuals, families and cities in Korea and Japan during the 1950s and ’60s. It may be a historical novel, but it puts people – a people; an entire nation – at its heart. This slick and accomplished translation by Jamie Lee Searle is sure to widen Kim’s fanbase and acclaim, and rightly so." Rachel Goldblatt, The BookBlast Diary

Presented by Georgia de Chamberet | Produced by Rupert Such | 37:49

Bridging the Divide #3 | Interview: Rose (Eland) Robyn Marsack (translator)

Bridging the Divide #3 | Interview: Rose (Eland) Robyn Marsack (translator)

August 6, 2020

The Swiss writer and photographer, Nicolas Bouvier, (1929-98) was a traveller in the real sense of the word, navigating different worlds and writing about now forgotten communities. He gives us alternative perspectives on places like the Balkans, Iran, Azerbaijan, Japan, China, Korea and the highlands of Scotland.

The Way of the World, The Scorpion Fish and So It Goes have become cult reads. Hear his translator Robyn Marsack and publisher Rose from Eland Books discuss why Nicolas Bouvier such a special writer and what his writings reveal about the man and his journeys undertaken in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, what is good travel writing, and what makes it last?   

Presented by Georgia de Chamberet | Produced by Rupert Such

Bridging the Divide #2 | Interview : Adam Freudenheim, Pushkin Press

Bridging the Divide #2 | Interview : Adam Freudenheim, Pushkin Press

July 30, 2020

Publishing classics requires a special acuity. What makes a classic?

Pushkin Press focuses on modern classics, mostly translated works. How did you discover your most successful no-longer-forgotten comeback author, Stefan Zweig?

What type of person do you think makes a very good translator?

Hear Adam Freudenheim, publisher & MD of Pushkin Press, answer these questions and give unexpected insights as he talks about his love of literature and publishing translations.

 

Presented by Georgia de Chamberet | Produced by Rupert Such

Bridging the Divide #1 | Interview : J.S. Margot, author

Bridging the Divide #1 | Interview : J.S. Margot, author

July 30, 2020

J.S. Margot’s  memoir, Mazel Tov, "is the story of an extraordinary friendship – in fact several extraordinary friendships that marked the twenties of the author J.S.Margot. At first sight it is the story of a young Flemish woman at university in Antwerp who teaches the four children of an Orthodox Jewish family to earn a bit of extra money. It is also the story of her first great love for an Iranian political refugee. In both cases she is exposed to a culture and religion that is not her own. She also begins to realise that she is on the receiving end of a certain amount of paranoia and suspicion from both her employers and her boyfriend.” — Henrietta Foster, The BookBlast Diary

 

Presented by Georgia de Chamberet | Produced by Rupert Such

The BookBlast® Podcast | LIVE interview: Michèle Roberts, Franco-British novelist

The BookBlast® Podcast | LIVE interview: Michèle Roberts, Franco-British novelist

July 25, 2020

Michèle Roberts is the author of twelve highly-acclaimed novels, including The Looking Glass and Daughters of the House which won the W.H. Smith Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She has also published poetry and short stories, and is Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. 

 

Topics: Born a twin. Growing up in Edgware outside London; summer holidays in Etretat, Normandy; Roman Catholic schooling and rebellion; becoming a writer and being published by The Womens Press and Virago culture and creative freedom in the 1970s and 1980s; feminism then and now; the influence of biculturalism; the shock of rejection, learning and rebuilding from it.

 

Title focus: Negative Capability: A Diary of Surviving, published 28 May 2020 – visit www.sandstonepress.com

 

Recorded by telephone on the eve of the Covid 19 Lockdown

 

Presented by Georgia de Chamberet | Produced by Rupert Such, Biscuittown Productions

The BookBlast® Podcast | LIVE interview: Narisa Chakrabongse, CEO, River Books

The BookBlast® Podcast | LIVE interview: Narisa Chakrabongse, CEO, River Books

July 25, 2020

Narisa Chakrabongse, the founder and CEO of River Books, and the great granddaughter of King Rama V (Chulalongkorn) of Siam, is the editor of the Oxford River Books English-Thai Dictionary.

 

Chakrabongse Villas, the family home, is a small boutique hotel in Bangkok. I caught up with her some months ago when she was in town, to talk about her unusual Thai-Russian-British background, being a foreigner living in a strange land and, of course, River Books, which you can visit online at riverbooksbk.com

 

Presented by G de Chamberet | A BookBlast® Production

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