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The Oberlin Review

Translation Symposium Stuns Monolingual Obies

Kif Leswing

April 15, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

Jed Deppman, head of the Comparative Literature department and organizer of Oberlin’s Ninth Annual Translation Symposium, introduced the symposium by declaring the act of translation as a “serious countercultural force.” On Thursday, April 7 in King 106, Deppman started the symposium by anno...

English Translation of Hungarian Classic Retains Modernist Whimsy of Original

Aaron Botwick, Staff Writer

April 15, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

Deszö Kosztolányi’s Kornél Esti is an odd, wonderful little book. Published in 1933 at the end of Kosztolányi’s career, the novel, which just received its first English translation, nonetheless has the whimsy and imagination of a young writer emerging at the peak of the Modernist movement. Esti opens with a narrator m...

Exciting Rookie Writer Debuts with Open City

Aaron Botwick, Staff Writer

March 4, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

“And so I began to go on evening walks last fall,” begins Teju Cole’s fantastic debut novel, Open City, with a fluidity that becomes characteristic of the book: This is not a traditionally structured narrative, but an open gate into the mind of Julius, a half-Nigerian, half-German psychiatry student ...

Book Review: Karen Russell’s Swamplandia!

Aaron Botwick, Staff Writer

February 18, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

Karen Russell’s debut novel, Swamplandia!, opens with a quote from Alice in Wonderland. The King exclaims to Alice, “I only wish I had such eyes. To be able to see Nobody! And at that distance, too! Why, it’s as much as I can do to see real people, by this light!” It seems appropriate that ...

Mathias Énard Zone’s Out with Tall Tales, a Long Train Ride and a Failed Desire to Change History

Aaron Botwick

February 11, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

Almost 150 pages into Mathias Énard’s Zone, his protagonist, Francis Mirkovic, remembers the point in his life when he stopped reading “adventure novels” and, because of his exposure to Joseph Conrad, began reading “simply novels.” It is a slight point that is quickly dismissed for a new sub...

Crispin Hellion Glover Shows Latest Work

Aaron Botwick

December 4, 2009


Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry, Theater & Film

On Saturday, Nov. 21, Crispin Hellion Glover appeared in West Lecture Hall. The room was pitch-black except for a single red-tinted spotlight on his face. Without introduction, Glover began to present his “BIG SLIDE SHOW,” a collection of books from the 1800s that he rewrote for a one-hour dramatic...

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