César Aira, Robert Gray, Jef Geeraerts, Bernard Cornwell, Ljoedmila Oelitskaja, Toon Kortooms, Jo Ypma, Sonya Hartnett, Maxim Februari

De Argentijnse schrijver en vertaler César Aira werd geboren op 23 februari 1949 in Coronel Pringles. Zie ook alle tags voor César Aira op dit blog.

Uit:An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter (Vertaald door Chris Andrews)

“The horse did indeed rise to its feet, bristling and monu-mental, obscuring halfthe mesh oflightning, his giraffe-like legs contorted by wayward steps; he turned his head, hear-ing the call of madness … and took off … But Rugendas went with him! He could not understand, nor did he want to—it was too monstrous. He could feel himself being pulled, stretching (the electricity had made him elastic), almost levitating, like a satellite in thrall to a dangerous star.The pace quickened, and off he went in tow, bouncing, bewildered … What he did not realize was that his foot was caught in the stirrup, a classic riding accident, which still occurs now and then, even afterso many repetitions.The generation of electricity ceased as suddenly as it had begun, which was a pity, because a well-aimed lightning bolt, stopping the creature in its flight, might have spared the painter no end of trouble. But the current withdrew into the clouds, the wind began to blow, rain fell … It was never known how farthe horse galloped, nor did it really matter.Whateverthe distance,shortorlong,thedisas-ter had occurred. Itwas not until the morning ofthe follow-ing day that Krause and the old guide discovered them.The horse had found his clover, and was grazing sleepily, with a bloody bundle trailing from one stirrup. After a whole night spent looking for his friend, poor Krause, at his wits’ end, had more or less given him up for dead. Finding him was not entirely a relief: there he was, at last, but prone and motionless.They hurried on and, as they approached, saw him move yet remain face down, as if kissing the earth; the flicker of hope this aroused was quenched when they real-ized that he was not moving himself, but being dragged by the horse’s blithe little browsing steps. They dismounted, took his foot from the stirrup and turned him over …The horror struck them dumb. Rugendas’s face was a swollen, bloodymass;theboneofhisforehead wasexposed and strips of skin hung over his eyes. The distinctive aquiline form of hisAugsburg nosewas unrecognizable,and his lips,splitand spread apart, revealed his teeth, all miraculously intact. The first thing was to see if he was breathing. He was. This gave an edge of urgency to what followed. They put him on the horse’s back and set off. The guide, who had re-covered hisguiding skills,rememberedsomeranchesnearby and pointed the way. They arrived half way through the morning, bearing a gift that could not have been more dis-concerting for the poor, isolated farmers who lived there. It was, at least, an opportunity to give Rugendas some simple treatment and take stock of the situation.They washed his face and tried to put it back together, manipulating the pieces with their fingertips; they applied witch hazel dress-ings to speed the healing and checked that there were no broken bones.“

César Aira (Coronel Pringles, 23 februari 1949)

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Lavinia Braniște

De Roemeense schrijfster en vertaalster Lavinia Braniște werd geboren op 23 februari 1983 in Brăila. Zij is in 2006 afgestudeerd aan de letterenfaculteit van de Babeș-Bolyaiuniversiteit in Cluj-Napoca, Zij behaalde een Master in het vertalen van literaire (Franse) literatuur aan de universiteit van Boekarest, en promoveerde in 2007 met een proefschrift over voetnoten in de literaire vertaling. Ook behaalde zij een Europese Master voor de opleiding van conferentietolken, universiteit van Boekarest, specialisatie Engels-Frans (2010-2012). Zij werkte als redacteur (o.a. Cluj, ART, Boekarest). Zij vertaalde boeken naar het Roemeens van o.a. Henry Miller, “A Devil in Paradise”; A.A. Milne – “When We Were Very Young; Now We Are Six”; Kate DiCamillo – T”he Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane”; Ruth Stiles Gannett – “My Father’s Dragon”; Kate DiCamillo – “Flora and Ulysses”; Luis Sepulveda – “Historia de una gaviota y del gato que le enseñó a volar”; V.S. Naipaul – “Magic Seeds” etc. Gepubliceerd werk: Escapada (short stories), 2014; “Vijf minuten per dag” (“Cinci minute pe zi” – korte proza), 2011; “Verhalen bij mij” (Poveşti cu mine“ – gedichten), 2006. In 2016 verscheen haar eerste roman “Interior zero”.

Uit: Interior Zero (Vertaald door Alistair Ian Blyth)

« Mother has been working in Spain for so long that it seems like forever. She works in tourism, at the seaside, and comes home once a year, out of season. She arranges it so that she will catch the winter holidays. For years and years, she hasn’t seen Romania in leaf or in bloom, she always comes when it’s muddy, when people are grey and muffled up, and she gets the impression that the country is a depressing place. Sometimes she’ll be here when it snows and it makes her as happy as a small child, her woolly hat slips down over her eyes and she blows her nose and she shovels the snow out of the yard. And after that she tells the people in Spain that it was snowing here and they are amazed and they always say that they ought to come to visit Romania at least once.
When she comes to my house in Bucharest, I always draw up a plan for where we can go and what we can do to have fun, so that we won’t sit in my one room flat and get bored.

We’ve set aside a whole day to do a tour of Berceni and the new housing blocks. So that we can see what they’re like, because I’ve been sending her links about the new blocks, and if I decide to take out a loan, she’ll give me the deposit.
There’s a little bit of sun in the morning, but by the time we leave the house, we’ve missed it. The day turns grey again, like it was yesterday and the day before yesterday. We get on the metro, change at Victoriei and then sit next to each other during the long journey to Dimitrie Leonida.
I tell her that the new metro trains are built in Spain. And that the woman who announces the stations has taken Metrorex to court, because they didn’t pay her. I don’t know what else to tell her about Romania.
“But isn’t she from the time of Ceausescu ?”
“No, it’s a young woman. An actress.”
The Dimitrie Leonida metro station is a time capsule and Mother likes it. But when we come outside onto the boulevard she doesn’t like it.
“Oh dear.”
We turn left at random and the asphalt immediately peters out. Here and there between the new housing blocks you can see a rustic yard, which has survived the real estate invasion.
A cowpat, a horse neighing, a cockerel. I think it’s nice. Far from the madness of the city. And this is the only area where a one room flat costs twenty thousand.
“Where are the drains ?” wonders Mother.
“I read on the chat rooms that the ones that are farther from the main road don’t have drains. They have septic tanks.”
“What’s a septic tank ?”

Lavinia Braniște (Brăila, 23 februari 1983)