Julian Barnes will be visiting St. ANDREWS University on Tuesday, 23th SEPTEMBER 2014 ( 17:30, Buchanan Lecture Theatre). He will be discussing the ‘Sense of an Ending’, www.st-andrews.ac.uk/orientation/bookerprize/ but nemo ante mortem beatus…..
He is a ‘star’ in our country and we are proud that people like dr. JUAN CODERCH exist. He not only teaches and explains the Latin and Ancient Greek grammar , but he also translates e.g. Don Camillo and Sherlock Holmes into Ancient Greek and creates web pages into Ancient Greek.www.akwn.net/
Juan, Πράττε μεγάλα μη υπισχνούμενος μεγάλα…
Juan,you will put any news about Julian Barnes in ancient Greek for us and in Latin for the Italians....
Two things have in Western societies: Everyone who has published a couple of successful books becomes a teacher of creative writing,while many students in universities cannot write or speak prose. The smear word 'elitist' is near to being applied to anyone who does... But what is the use of studying the world of imagination where anything is possible and anything can be assumed, where there are no rights or wrongs and all arguments are equally good? One of the most obvious uses, I think, is its encouragement of tolerance. In the imagination our own beliefs are also only possibilities, but we can also see the possibilities in the beliefs of others. Bigots and fanatics seldom have any use for the arts, because they're so preoccupied with their beliefs and actions that they can't see them as also possibilities. It's possible to go to the other extreme, to be a dilettante so bemused by possibilities that one has no convictions or power to act at all. But such people are much less common than bigots, and in our world much less dangerous.
Dangerous are people like SIMON CORLEONE and his GODFATHER who managed to turn the MAN BOOKER PRIZE into an AMBIGUOUS BINGO,where 'heavyweight' writers could be granted a higher literary STATUS along with MONEY and FAME!! So what is the essence of Literature? To trascend the limits BOTH of the naturally possible and of the morally acceptable. And then is it morally acceptable for an accomplished critic like Ms. MICHIKO KAKUTANI to interfere with the business of publishing books?www.nytimes.com/2014/10/03/arts/martin-amiss-new-novel-the-zone-of-interest.html If these Publishing Houses do NOT SELL ,is Ms.KAKUTANI willing to pay the damages??DO YOUR JOB AND DO IT WELL Ms.MICHI AND LEAVE THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY TO THE PUBLISHERS.......
The SWEDISH ACADEMY proved once more that “Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste.(Voltaire)” We salute the Swedish Academy's WISDOM for bringing forward forgotten treasures and for 'pointing' to US,the UNITED READERS all over the world different directions and undiscovered destinations. Today,PATRICK MODIANO is a NEW WRITER we want to explore. COULD WE ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE?
Post by DEBORAH PETERS and U.R. on Oct 14, 2014 2:21:09 GMT -5
MAN COOKER PRIZE 2011
The way in which we construct our histories is the subject of the winning novel ‘the Sense of an Ending’. Today we will try to construct the STORY and the protagonists that led JULIAN BARNES to VICTORY on the evening of the 18th October 2011.
“ Women scheme when they are weak,they lie out of fear. Men scheme when they are strong,they lie out of arrogance.” Julian Barnes
2)OCTOBER 2008:Pat Kavanagh , Julian Barnes’s wife,DIES. But SIMON TREWIN who is still alive, is one of the founding agents and DIRECTOR of the UNITED AGENTS,exactly like his father, ION TREWIN, is DIRECTOR somewhere else!!
4)OCTOBER 2011(MAN BOOKER PRIZE): It took the judges just 31 minutes to decide on the winner,after they had been divided 3-2 at the beginning of the debate. The 3(guess who?) had to convince the BAD and the STUPID about the READABILITY of the ‘Sense of an Ending’?! Julian Barnes had lost 3 battles( for Flaubert’s Parrot, England-England and Arthur& George),but it looks like this time HE (or was it Simon/ ION Trewin?) “had studied the psychology and qualifications of all the judges”.
“ If you can’t win by fighting fair,fight foul. Or have a third party do your fighting.”
So FINALLY, Julian Barnes WON!
What should we wish?
- Congratulations Julian Barnes , Sinner of the Man Cooker Prize 2011? or
- Congratulations Julian Barnes, Winner of the Man Booker Charlatan Prize 2011?
ALLAN HOLLINGHURST deserves congratulations for writing a book like “the Stranger’s Child”, a book which also examines the ways in which the present devours the past. HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN AT LEAST ONE OF THE FINALISTS,IF NOT THE FAIR WINNER.
THE REACTIONS to the DECISION?: 1) The Folio Prize
5)MARCH 2012: Simon Trewin,son of Ion Trewin, and Head of Books in the United Agents states"The books department here at United Agents has had a fantastic year—with a record number of bestsellers and new deals all topped off by Julian Barnes winning the Man Booker and Andrew Miller the Costa Book of the Year". YOU SEE 'CREATIVE REPRESENTING' WORKS!!
First of all, I have no idea who MITCHELL and FABER are,but from these 3 minutes MITCHELL seems more self-possessed and confident,while the other seems more careful and in search of something(HIMSELF?) So does this one,FABER,reminds you of J.B./Tony Webster?
Secondly, because again I have no idea who Robinson is, I had to search and found what she thinks about cynicism: “there is nothing more stupid than cynicism; you might as well get a tattoo that says kick me. What are you doing but buying what you have contempt for? How is that a decent use of your life?”SOPPY?
Then I did some digging this weekend and except the 'NOMAS' that you found in GALLIGNANI,but never noticed in FOYLES(!!!),there is another very interesting greek MOOK(that's the right word):KENNEDY,a biannual journal of Curiosities created by CHRIS KONTOS.
Post by Sarah CRACKNELL on Feb 3, 2015 6:40:16 GMT -5
Looking at the FOLIO PRIZE LIST, I realised that Hilary Mantel's Stories (THE ASSASSINATION OF MARGARET THATCHER) are missing.WHY?
DAVID MITCHELL:Read the 'Cloud Atlas' and then tell me what you think.While Mitchell is taking a journey with a speed car, Faber is about to abandon the scooter with a second hand bike! And guess what? He is going to get a flat tyre!!!! MICHEL FABER is the author of 'The book of Strange New things', but 'Under the Skin' is the real book that STRANGE THINGS happen!!! I remind you the movie with Scarlett Johansson.
'The book of Strange New things' deals among others with faith. How many novels in 2014 dealt with religion? IAN MCEWAN , MICHEL FABER and surely more?! Why? Not only because it's a popular theme,but it's a complex one,that demands analysis. That's the reason most novels fail; that's where Ian McEwan's 'Children Act' failed;the problem is far more complex than the way it was presented. But when writers allow religion to be part of a fictional story,to be metaphorical ,that way they help the readers to understand the role of religion in different cultures and how some could 'use' or 'abuse' religion in order to give the 'own interpretation to that world'.
'THE CHILDREN ACT', 'LILA' and 'THE BOOK OF STRANGE NEW THINGS'
Not only they have beautiful prose,but they are morally beautiful.The problem with Ian McEwan is that now lately he "is not swimming in the ocean;he is either floating or paddling." www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/ian-mcewan-literature-is-an-ocean-in-which-we-re-all-swimming-1.1918971 Ian McEwan needs to "scan the horizon,tread the water,watch out for sharks and DIVE!! Dive with his eyes open!!!! Marilynne Robinson is a different case. In a career of 30 years,it's her 4th? NOVEL!! But I still hope she gets the NOBEL one day. I don't know FABER,read 'Under the Skin' years ago, but in this book there are common elements with both McEwan and Robinson. It's his last. Lila,Robinson's protagonist,says "Life on earth is difficult and grave and marvellous." Maybe what Faber needs is to take a long break,find or reinvent himself and start a new journey. CARPE DIEM!! Now,St.Etienne will be in town and I do not dare say a word!! I do not dare open my mouth!! I need a helping HAND,or CALL!!!!
There are some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the female authors outnumber the male ones and maybe agents, editors and publishers would finally realize that they have build a whole industry on a myth that ‘men are better writers than women’. Then the wise Marilynne Robinson with her ‘Lila’ is once more in this list and would hopefully make it to the short one, too. What did I say? Oh! I am sorry, Mr. Julian Barnes, I forgot: the title ‘wise’ has already been appointed to another American writer: Miss Marie Lorena Moore!! - By whom? - By Mr. Julian Barnes himself, who has also written an essay to explain her greatness. - Wasn’t She one of the authors who protested against the American Free Expression PEN Award to Charlie Hebdo? - Yes, she was indeed. - What does she do for a living? - She is teaching ‘Creative Respectful writing’ in the USA, the country that respects all fundamental Human Rights ?! - Well, and I guess she neither reads Salman Rushdie nor Michel Houellebecq. I wonder what Julian Barnes has to say about this?! - Oh, He is quite busy taking selfies with ‘Sunflowers’ and muttering “what pleases the Public is always what’s banal”. - So Flaubertian!! But what about Craig Raine and his stupid poem “Gatwick”? www.lrb.co.uk/v37/n11/craig-raine/gatwick - There are no stupid and intelligent poems, but there are stupid and intelligent comments. I laughed when I read it, but my friend Fanny Hill found it quite boring. Take for instance Me and Cip. He wrote the following: The Smell Of It All
I recall leaning forward to the envelope. If anything bought my suspicion it was that. For all appearances you had failed to send it off. I'd every intention of doing that for you. But oh, the scent was rising. And then, the very name, uttered in your dreams at night appeared, the fragrance seeping through. All within me screamed, This is the last thing I want to do to you. Invading the privacy of your Christmas cards. What kind of a man would do this? I opened it. And what did I find, my darling? The unfathomable act of you betraying me. The smell was now ugly. Words inside sent astray, the last breach of integrity. You love him? It is to end this way? Want him to smell my gift to you? To "be in his arms, on New Year's Eve"? You wish to be with him? - Very good,eh? I send Him the following silly poem, stating that now We have The Smell Of It All: Your street stinks of success. My house smells of loneliness. Your eyes stink of sweet heat. My lips smell of beer shit. Your breasts stink of fresh sweat. My arms smell of rotten death. Come Beauty with your rich stink and Erase the poor smell of this Monster, Be my Muse and Make Me your Master.
Cip was shocked (not with my talent,surely!!) but I am not going to stop writing , because some may be shocked or get angry or offended. As to Craig Raine I am certain for 3 things: he is a good husband, father and teacher and hopefully friend and Christian?? Speaking about Religion and Art, tonight the ‘Blue Moon’ will find us in a Jazz and Ethnic Festival listening Traditional African Music from the ‘Golden Voice of Africa’ and I would be proudly wearing some of the gifts that our godchildren from Malawi have made for me. Because Art’s major scope is the discovery, understanding and connection of different people from different cultures, I do hope that the novel “The Fishermen” by CHIGOZIE OBIOMA(Nigeria) would be read by many and make it to the shortlist. So enjoy the Full Blue Moon;I put my ambre solaire,get in the car and KASSANDRA we are coming... www.youtube.com/watch?v=a69eSpRM-h0
You still have not read Bone Clocks, Slade House is not out until next month and BOMBADIL seems quite stupid for a high-tech and you chose this for Spade House?Do you know Mitchell that much? m.youtube.com/watch?v=tVNGY1pInfI