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  • Hades’ Ferryman: How a Translator Assists Meaning’s Perilous Journey
    let s make ding dong with a chain The words aren t etymologically unusual nor hard to decipher if you have a decent knowledge of Italian or Latin fom is facciamo we do or let us do from the verb fare to do in other Italian dialects it becomes femo famo facissimu and cadena is straight from the Latin and Italian catena chain But you have to dig deep into local lore to know that the reference is to using a large vat to cook polenta suspended over a fire by a chain to hold the weight which can be considerable if you are cooking for a large family and to allow the cauldron to swing thereby facilitating the job of the cook who has to vigorously stir the thickening porridge like mix until it reaches the right consistency Nothing is ultimately untranslatable it is simply a matter of how many words you need to use to do it But the risks for meaning multiply when instead of one pithy word you resort to a periphrasis Once you found your way through the linguistic maze within which the expression hides you could simply translate fom din don cadena with let s make polenta And maybe add a footnote about polenta or rely on the text around it to make the reader imagine the swirly tasty yellow polenta delicious with molten cheese as well as the gruelling effort involved in preparing it these days there are electrical powered polenta makers akin to a small mortar mixer And indeed this translation may be all that is required But translators are conscious of the richness meaning has of their responsibility to ferry it safely into its new landscape and to convey it as creatively as the original author would wish to A demiurgic transformation This is what translators do with words to preserve meaning This is why there is so much to love in this profession even though it is plied somewhere between the borders of different languages and cultures A tiny area yet one which is highly fertile I feel sorry for Charon having to shuttle between the barren landscapes either side of the Styx The fields beyond the shores of a translator s journey are more often than not blooming with life It is a joy to handle the kernel of such fertility to have an insight into the seeds of literary abundance To hold meaning the most precious product of our intelligence in our hands heads as a midwife would do with a newborn infant and deliver it onto another fertile meadow for other readers to be blessed by enjoying it About Nicola Mira Nicola is a London based literary academic translator from Italian and French His native language is Italian he has a British education and has lived and worked in Italy France and the UK He has translated works by Italian early XXth century authors C Malaparte and G D Annunzio and philosophy articles by L Renault and

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/2015/01/hades-ferryman-how-a-translator-assists-meanings-perilous-journey/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Nicola Mira, Author at Litro Magazine
    France and the UK He has translated works by Italian early XXth century authors C Malaparte and G D Annunzio and philosophy articles by L Renault and K S Ong Van Cung from French When he is not translating he loves reading writing and sports He is founding partner and managing editor of a sports statistics website www greatestsportingnation com Professional qualifications and experience member of English PEN and assessor in Italian for PEN Translates member of the Emerging Translators Network London English and French reader for Bompiani publishers Italy business translations he collaborates with several agencies to earn his daily bread Education BA in Politics Economics Saint Edmund Hall Oxford 1982 Website Twitter Facebook Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature arts and culture through features reviews non themed fiction interviews columns and more Perfect reading for those with busy lives When the first issue of Litro was published in April 2005 the main free paper for commuters and city dwellers was the morning Metro Since then many tabloid style free sheets have joined the field like the Metro these can be skim read and quickly discarded Litro is different our central aim has always been to provide

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/author/nicolamira/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Imagining the Future
    as an Assistant Curator at The Henry Moore Foundation and at the V A Museum where she contributed to a series of exhibitions and publications relating to the history of art and design Mail More Posts 1 Comments comments Prev The Spaceman and the Moon Girl Next Litro 137 Future Fashions Letter from the Editor Related Posts Aurora Borealis Waiting for the Light The Condition of Woman Couchsurfing in South America Fireworks in Rio Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some call it the greatest virtue Continue reading 9th December 2015 Litro 148 The Going Home issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto This month in Litro 148 we explore the notion of what Going Home means to us Is it a familiar physical space A refuge A feeling A state of mind Or is home actually to be found in another human being maybe your partner your parents How do you know when you have found it Continue reading Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/2014/09/imagining-the-future/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Claire Smith, Author at Litro Magazine
    Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature arts and culture through features reviews non themed fiction interviews columns and more Perfect reading for those with busy lives When the first issue of Litro was published in April 2005 the main free paper for commuters and city dwellers was the morning Metro Since then many tabloid style free sheets have joined the field like the Metro these can be skim read and quickly discarded Litro is different our central aim has always been to provide commuters and city dwellers with an inspiring thought provoking alternative that takes you places you don t normally think about when travelling around the city We believe

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/author/csmithbfi/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Need an Exit
    private data to a friend to show off I ve worried about that site on these pages before Meanwhile the blue light emanating from these devices affects our melatonin production and reduces our sleep quality and quantity something that can affect emotion cognitive ability and ability to be realistic about one s own cognitive impairment Being tired changes our personality and most people we know are tired It makes me wonder what are we really like It seems to me that already before VR goes mainstream we re doing a poor job of tempering the benefits and amusements of consumer technology with moderation and mindfulness about its distracting effects That word mindfulness may hold the answer With Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy MBCT and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction MBSR before it the secularised technology of Buddhist psychology is experiencing a growth in popularity and at a time when we most need it There s an irony in the fact that both the mindfulness and VR worlds use the word presence One of these quotes is by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh the other by Zuckerberg can you tell who said what The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence By feeling truly present you can share unbounded spaces and experiences with the people in your life I favour the notion of feeling present in the real world to a feeling of presence in an artificial world mainly because the graphics are better But perhaps they are both illusions anyway Like brains in jars or people farmed in pods we live too much in our heads as it is let alone before we wrap screens around our faces Schoolchildren bring their minds to class and leave their high spirits physicality and spontaneous emotional expressions in the playground After all Michael Gove needs them to concentrate on a battery of tests Emotionally constipated adults freeze uncertainly when strangers experience despair or colleagues are bereaved Therapists make a living from helping people discover feelings they hadn t been aware of People experimenting with mindfulness quickly discover how numb their bodily felt feeling has become what s going on for your left calf right now We listen to birds singing less often than we lob them at animated pigs and look for the feeling of presence in new worlds when we ve barely lived in this one But perhaps I m drowning my point in pixels Virtual Reality is not the end of the analogue world It s not even a real break in paradigm from previous technologies and gaming developments not substantially different from Google Glass Google Maps Google Search ICQ Usenet bulletin boards Zork Space Invaders the television the wireless the cinema the book or the theatre of Dionysus But every turn we take on this journey gets us closer to our destination and it s the rich now driving the car Or it would be if Google s new driverless cars didn t date this analogy What our bedazzled

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/2014/05/need-an-exit/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Book Review: The View from the Train by Patrick Keiller
    yet Keiller s films are clearly part of this re emergence of psychogeography in London what Keiller calls the current tendency Will Self has alluded to this in his own review of The View from the Train in the London Review of Books saying that the unplanned perambulations that make up Robinson s cinematic narrative and indeed Keiller s praxis as a filmmaker are as Robinson puts it seemingly intent on bringing about the collapse of what used to be called neoliberalism and are therefore highly political As Keiller states in the earliest essay published in this collection The Poetic Experience of Townscape and Landscape The desire to transform the world is not uncommon and there are a numbers of ways of fulfilling it One of these is by adopting a certain subjectivity aggressive or passive deliberately sought or simply the result of the mood which alters experience of the world and so transforms it Despite Keiller s misgivings about psychogeography particularly what he sees as its role in gentrification which he describes as a form of colonialism his vision and practice align with many of the post Thatcher London based psychogeographers of the 1990s such as Will Self In fact the popularity of his films and the reason for this collection lies in his very singular ability to consider and alter one s experience of urban and rural landscapes in a way that many would associate with psychogeography Bow Bridge by Walter Steggles c 1930 This collection is a mixed bag but it does have a fragmented charm A recurring motif in many of his later essays evoked by the title The View from the Train and giving a loose sense of a theme is the parallel development of cinema and technology and the coinciding decline of the cinematic panorama with the growth of the railway In both Film as a Spatial Critique and Phantom Rides The Railway Early Film Keiller returns again and again to Henri Lefebvre s assertion that the space of common sense of knowledge of social practice and everyday discourse was shattered in around 1910 Evoking Walter Benjamin s formative essay The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction Keiller looks at the changing dynamic of cinematic narrative from the early cinema of attractions in which a camera was mounted on the front of a train to create a continuous single frame moving narrative to the fragmented montage of space and time in Dziga Vertov s Man with a Movie Camera 1929 He suggests that the train had an important role in early cinema both as a subject and as a parallel technology that eroded this idea of a shared space and the boundaries between geographical and mental space Like the railway itself this collection has an intrinsic almost perverse linearity to it moving through Keiller s thinking and work over forty years and charting his changing voice from failed architect to successful filmmaker and academic It can be repetitious in a way

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/2014/05/book-review-the-view-from-the-train-by-patrick-keiller/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Bea Moyes, Author at Litro Magazine
    melancholic reality in Bennett s plays which is immediately evocative of a kind of nostalgic Britishness his words staying with you long after you ve left the theatre Read more Litro Arts Culture Feature Film Madame de by Bea Moyes A much underrated director and supreme stylist Max Ophuls is having a renaissance with a series at the British Film Institute this February that should not be missed His films spanning the 1930s to the mid 50s are beautiful models of melodrama with femme fatales longing lovers and doomed romances Featuring the beautiful actress Danielle Darrieux Madame de is the story of a passionate romance in belle époque Paris between the married Louise the eponymous Madame De and an Italian diplomat Donati played by the famous director of Italian neo realism Vittorio de Sica The married woman who falls for the dashing womaniser may be a common conceit but the magic of Ophuls storytelling transports an otherwise familiar narrative into new territory Read more Litro Arts Culture Feature Film Madame Brouette by Bea Moyes In 2009 the film critic Danny Leigh wrote a fantastic piece in the Guardian on the lack of African cinema enjoyed in British cinemas It doesn t seem that much has changed since then Outside a few niche audiences films from the African continent have largely been ignored by mainstream UK audiences unless we count Meryl Streep and that bizarre Danish accent in Out of Africa So when I had the opportunity I enthusiastically scooted off to the Africa Centre in Covent Garden which often has free screenings of African films to watch a contemporary classic of Senegalese cinema Madame Brouette Away from the bustling crowds of Covent Garden s Christmas shoppers I found myself transported from the cold wet streets of London to the vivid dusty shantytowns of Western Africa Read more Bea Moyes The author has 6 posts published in Litro Magazine Bea is currently studying for an MRes at the London Consortium Birkbeck She is a writer and researcher involved in exploring the poetics and cultural history of urban spaces with a particular passion for yarnbombing and temporary street installations Until summer 2012 Bea was director and curator of short stories at the digital publisher Ether Books and has worked with a number of publishers as well as for literary publicists and magazines Website Twitter Facebook Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of

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  • Days From Death
    magnifying glass Hmm yes these are not hives I would recommend doing a biopsy Two one on your arm and another on your foot to be safe This is it I told myself I m about to be the focus of a medical research paper that will be taught to students at Harvard Medical School As the doctor dug out a sesame seed sized chunk of skin a tear rolled down my face I will appear on a Travel Channel special about vacations gone wrong There were signs warning me about Dengue fever all over the city I would tell the show host I should have left then After the biopsies I returned to work with Band Aids on my arm and foot Would my co workers attend my funeral I wondered I still hadn t decided whether or not I wanted to be cremated or buried Perhaps I would donate my body to medical science A week later I would receive the biopsy results both confirming that in fact I had hives That s it I complained to Darren After all this A few weeks later the hives faded and all that was left to remind me of my month of horror were two small scars That was until the mysterious lump appeared on my arm I was certain it was related to my Indian hives Clearly I had a nest of spiders living under my skin The hives were a reaction to the spider eggs that had travelled through my bloodstream The dermatologist was wrong the first time she could be wrong again Darren convinced me to wait a few days before getting a second opinion For the next few days I feverishly checked on the lump I rubbed it repeatedly while reading about the stages of melanoma and Internet scare stories of pimples turning into tumours And then it all became too exhausting I added a reminder to my phone s calendar to schedule a doctor s appointment next week for my lipoma my Internet research led me to this self diagnosis Until that reminder arrived I would live my life however many days I had left Before I could make that appointment the lump on my arm had disappeared I consider myself lucky this time About Melissa Darcey Melissa Darcey is a writer based in San Diego CA She has a soft spot for Jane Eyre coffee and her orange cat Milo Her work has appeared in The Rumpus The Big Jewel Black Heart Cease Cows and elsewhere Mail More Posts 1 Comments comments Prev Gender Disparity in Poetry Publishing it s about more than the numbers Next The Condition of Woman Related Posts Sex for Sale Sex Secrets of Londoners I Remember Shakespeare Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/2014/03/days-from-death/ (2016-02-15)
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