Work-in-Progress: Various Fables

  1. Here hunger seized a hideous, stare-blind creature, speeding over a meadow. There was famine in the village. The grass was scant. The milk that streamed from the udders of the villagers’ cows was thin and poor.
  2. And from that day, the King of Spain was never troubled by visits from the lands of dark-skinned peoples.
  3. She said, “On the night of the next full moon, stand by the lake, and the door to the hillside will open.”
  4. The moonlight seemed to strike a path straight to his sorrowing heart.
  5. The King intoned: “As for your threats against my people, know that they do not want for courage.”
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The Lake at Annaghmakerrig

 

 

Quote of the Day: “Taka ti e pisano”

The quote for today is not from Daoud’s novel. Instead, it’s from an article in the November/December Poets & Writers magazine. That issue focused on translation (Which, since most of the books self reads are translations, like the Daoud, like the Candide she just finished reading), which is a topic that fascinates her.

The quote above is from the Bulgarian, and it means “That’s what is written for you.”

The author of the article, Angela Rodel, asks herself, How did I become a translator of Bulgarian literature?

She begins her piece with a wonderful quote from Mexican writer and translator Reynol Vazquez:

There are many sophisticated ways of starving yourself to death and being a translator from Bulgarian is one of them.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Sylvain Landry Week 40 Photo Challenge: Panorama

The Sylvain Landry Photo Challenge this week is PANORAMA.

Here is one from London, a few weeks ago:

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The Portrait Café, British National Portrait Gallery

Joan met self the day she arrived in London! We had lunch at St. Martin’s in the Crypt (Yes, really a crypt), then went to the British National Portrait Gallery.

This was the day before her camera became half-broke, so as you can see, no black slashes across the image.

Hallelujah! So one can really appreciate the view.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Sentence of the Day: Time, Aging in Daoud

When self began this slim novel, she was a little bit skeptical.

It seemed like a gimmick: tell the same story that’s been immortalized by Albert Camus in The Stranger. But tell it from the point of view of a secondary character.

So far, 27 pages in (and it’s taken her a week just to get 27 pages in), nothing has happened.

Seriously. Nothing.

27 pages of backstory.

What if this whole novel is backstory? Self would say that’s quite brilliant: she loves doing backstory. If she could get away with writing a novel that was all backstory, she’d be on it like white on rice.

Now, where were we?

Oh, yes. Sentence of the Day. Apologies for the long build-up. Here it is:

  • The diminishment that comes with old age often strikes me as incredible, compared with the long history of a whole life.

And self really feels this sentence.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

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