You have got to check this out!
In fall 2007, Everyman's Library is coming out with its own "War and Peace," translated by husband-and-wife team Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. "It will be our most important new translation of the year," says LuAnn Walther, the imprint's editorial director.
I have long hoped my favorite translators would tackle the ultimate challenge, War and Peace, and now it's clear that, like shoemaking elves in the night, they have.
One UNBEARABLY LONG year of waiting, but then...
What wondrous news.
This is truly a momentous occasion.
On a personal note, I'm finally going to be able to "get into" this hitherto impenetrable epic.
Here's a news story about the 73-years-young Professor Fagles and this ten-years project, with his comments on "empire" and, by implication, that fuckwit Bush as well.
An excerpt, showing the effortless poetry of the man's mind:
The other challenge was to keep the whole thing going for 12 books and some 12,000 lines. “You can’t let it sag,” Mr. Fagles said. “Cadence is everything, and that takes a lot of lung, a lot of nerve, a lot of luck.” And a lot of impersonation, he added, confessing that for Dido’s great speech of lament he imagined romantic heroines like Anna Karenina.
We are truly blessed in this day!
This post was originally intended to list as many anti-war novels as I could come up with.
But I've found great lists already available on the web:
Amazon list-maker "blahblahblah" from South Korea gives us this list.
And Wikipedia has this entry for anti-war novels.
I would add Lay Down Your Arms by Baroness Bertha von Suttner, which was as famous and influential in Europe as Uncle Tom's Cabin was in the U.S. Bertha coined the term pacifism, late 1800's, and led a delegation of pacifists to the first international peace conference in The Hague, 1899. For more on that, see my story "God's Madmen" in FARthing magazine.
Why am I interested in anti-war novels?
Because I'm cogitating writing the be-all-end-all anti-war novel of all times.
Hey, when it comes to creative endeavors, I never think small!
Where have we heard it before?
Ah, yes. Hitler's fanatical vegetarianism, not to mention his coprophagic sexual ways.
This is rich.
Remember Walter Scheib, the brilliant chef who was fired by Laura Bush’s East Wing for using traitorous French cooking techniques? — You know, like sauteing. W. hates “green food” and “wet fish,” and Scheib must have suffered under such constraints. Now he's serving his revenge— blazing hot.
Walter has just written a tell-all recipe book, White House Chef, which he's dedicated to Hillary Clinton— Quelle Surprise d'Octobre!
Let's all lame-duck this war criminal big-time!
Here's an eloquent, sobering assessment of the current disaster that is U.S. politics, from one of my father's generation.
Democracy can die a slow death from a thousand cuts, inflicted by a few small men, wielding deadly little knives, drawing blood one drop at a time, on a slumbering people, who take their freedom for granted, and let it slip slowly away.
Even today, after 2000, after 2002, after 2004, there are stories in the news about abuses against the right to vote, committed by the same people, for the same reason, done the same ways, and yet the people who should care, don't, and the people who should be fighting against this, aren't.
Check this out.
"Each year new countries in less-developed parts of the world move up the Index to positions above some European countries or the United States. This is good news and shows once again that, even though very poor, countries can be very observant of freedom of expression. Meanwhile the steady erosion of press freedom in the United States, France and Japan is extremely alarming,” Reporters Without Borders said.
The U.S. has fallen to 53rd place.
Sad and pathetic!
The current Republican party has disgraced its own moderate and honorable past with the right-wing radicalism it has embraced in the last many years, and the Bush-enabling that has plunged us into a Constitutional crisis.
We must vote against all of the following unworthies:
--AZ-Sen: Jon Kyl
--AZ-01: Rick Renzi
--AZ-05: J.D. Hayworth
--CA-04: John Doolittle
--CA-11: Richard Pombo
--CA-50: Brian Bilbray
--CO-04: Marilyn Musgrave
--CO-05: Doug Lamborn
--CO-07: Rick O'Donnell
--CT-04: Christopher Shays
--FL-13: Vernon Buchanan
--FL-16: Joe Negron
--FL-22: Clay Shaw
--ID-01: Bill Sali
--IL-06: Peter Roskam
--IL-10: Mark Kirk
--IL-14: Dennis Hastert
--IN-02: Chris Chocola
--IN-08: John Hostettler
--IA-01: Mike Whalen
--KS-02: Jim Ryun
--KY-03: Anne Northup
--KY-04: Geoff Davis
--MD-Sen: Michael Steele
--MN-01: Gil Gutknecht
--MN-06: Michele Bachmann
--MO-Sen: Jim Talent
--MT-Sen: Conrad Burns
--NV-03: Jon Porter
--NH-02: Charlie Bass
--NJ-07: Mike Ferguson
--NM-01: Heather Wilson
--NY-03: Peter King
--NY-20: John Sweeney
--NY-26: Tom Reynolds
--NY-29: Randy Kuhl
--NC-08: Robin Hayes
--NC-11: Charles Taylor
--OH-01: Steve Chabot
--OH-02: Jean Schmidt
--OH-15: Deborah Pryce
--OH-18: Joy Padgett
--PA-04: Melissa Hart
--PA-07: Curt Weldon
--PA-08: Mike Fitzpatrick
--PA-10: Don Sherwood
--RI-Sen: Lincoln Chafee
--TN-Sen: Bob Corker
--VA-Sen: George Allen
--VA-10: Frank Wolf
--WA-Sen: Mike McGavick
--WA-08: Dave Reichert
Go forth and do it!
Kevin Garry, author of the Learn to Play Guitar Pack from eMedia, resurfaces in my life.
Way back in the late seventies, Kevin shared a house with several other students at the University of Iowa. One of them was Linda, my first wife.
Kevin played folk guitar back then, and I played recorders; I both read sheet music (I was in a group with Jane Smiley that met on weekends at the Dean of Students' house) and jammed.
So we jammed together, and eventually Kevin asked me to join him on a few numbers at various coffee houses and once in the parking lot at Center East, a warmup act for some band which let us use their mikes and speakers.
So a few years back, Vicki and I attended the Mahlerfest in Boulder, and there was Kevin playing the guitar part in I-forget-which-of-the-symphonies. I emailed the Mahlerfest folks but they never forwarded my message to him.
Then a few weeks ago, to Fort Collins he came, Linda attended, and we got in touch, and spoke by phone this weekend.
He spent a good long time in Boulder getting his Ph.D. in guitar, and is now the head of the music department, if I heard that correctly, at a college down Denver way.
Nice, life's little treats!
For more on the sorry state of American politics, be sure to drop in on Rude Pundit.
I don't visit Rude Pundit often, but when I do I love the eloquence of his outrage at the monsters in charge, their enablers, and the general lack of oppositional outrage from our so-called representatives in Congress.