Category: literature

Multilingualism Is a Humanism

Bruegel, La Tour de Babel / wikipedia   As Umberto Eco once said, “the language of Europe is translation”. In an essay that strikes a political chord, François Ost rises up in defence of the diversity and invincibility of languages. Translation first takes place within an individual language and must free itself from the myth …

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Inspiring Young Minds and Holding Some Secrets

By ADAM LANGER Published: September 12, 2011 Surely you’ve heard this story before. It’s about a charismatic high school teacher named Will. He’s in his 30s, and he’s comfortable around his students, so he doesn’t mind when some call him “dude” or “Mr. S.” He challenges their religious beliefs, politicizes the apolitical among them, helps …

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Céline: The Genius and the Villain

By ALAN RIDING Published: June 29, 2011   PARIS — Anniversaries are usually good occasions for celebrating great artists of the past. And so it seemed with the French writer known by his pen name of Louis-Ferdinand Céline, who died 50 years ago Friday. In fact, plans to mark the date were well advanced until …

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Love in literature

‘Love-language has been pulled differently in different eras between the great generalising symbols – the heart, the rose, the fixed star.’ Photograph: Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty Images   At matins on 6 April 1327, in the church of St Clare in Avignon, Francesco Petrarch may or may not have seen Laura for the first time: her skin …

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