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Link to our thread on the Nobel Prize for Literature, where Mo Yan comes up. With the semester winding down, I'm starting to think that some pleasure reading might not be a bad thing. And, since I was at the CEA conference in Indianapolis this weekend, I was lucky enough to pick up a copy of Mo Yan's Frog (I have Big Breasts and Wide Hips on my Kindle, but haven't read it yet). Then I came across this piece at The Millions, which doesn't do the translation any favors--but which does have some stuff to say about the problems of translating from Chinese into English: --any input or
Here it is, my first novel of the year. Or, rather, sequence of novellas: The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster. When I first started reading this book, I wasn’t sure that I would like it. The first volume in the trilogy, City of Glass, I found to be almost too accessible — that is, it does all the standard postmodern things where the narrator meets the author, others doubling, there is an obsessive focus on details like red notebooks etc. etc. etc. And that’s all fine. But my issue with it was that it seemed to not resolve — that it seemed to go through all the tricks without actually deli