“That Other Word,” a collaborative podcast between the Center for Writers and Translators at the American University of Paris and the Center for the Art of Translation in San Francisco, offers discussions on classic and contemporary literature in translation, along with engaging interviews with writers, translators, and publishers.
This episode’s opening conversation celebrates literature from Eastern Europe: Daniel Medin, speaking from Book Expo America in New York City, is impressed with Mikhail Shishkin’s forthcoming novel Maidenhair, and Scott Esposito loves Marek Bieńczyk’s genre-bending Transparency. They hope that Julius Margolin’s memoir from the Gulag, Voyage au pays des Ze-Ka will make its way into English soon, and in the meantime they enjoy the biting humor of Éric Chevillard’s Prehistoric Times and Demolishing Nisard. Finally, Contemporary Georgian Fiction, the latest in Dalkey Archive Press’ series of regional anthologies, provides a welcome introduction to writing from an often-overlooked country.
Daniel Medin then speaks to Antoine Jaccottet, who founded the Paris-based press Le Bruit du Temps in 2008 and has since brought out an admirable collection of works in translation, collected works, memoirs, poetry, and philosophy. He has stated that the press’ mission is to publish, if possible, “constellations of books rather than books in isolation. A bit like a musical season: we establish projects around an author (Browning), a book (The Tempest), a theme . . .” He speaks about the publishing program of Le Bruit du Temps, the importance of translation, Robert Browning, Isaac Babel, Julius Margolin, Virginia Woolf, Zbigniew Herbert, and Osip Mandelstam. The conversation concludes with a bilingual reading: Medin recites Gabriel Levin’s poem “In Alexandria” in the original English, and Jaccottet reads the beautiful French translation by Emmanuel Moses.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRO: Daniel Medin and Scott Esposito
1:00 Mikhail Shishkin’s Maidenhair, including a reading from one of his essays
5:14 Marek Bieńczyk’s Transparency
6:33 Julius Margolin’s Gulag memoir, Voyage au pays des Ze-Ka
7:59 Éric Chevillard’s Prehistoric Times, plus a mention of Demolishing Nisard
10:35 Dalkey Archive Press’ Contemporary Georgian Fiction
11:39 Scott Esposito and Daniel Medin introduce Antoine Jaccottet
FEATURE: Daniel Medin interviews Antoine Jaccottet
14:50 The founding and naming of Le Bruit du Temps
17:55 Bringing new life to old masterpieces; Mandelstam’s Le Timbre égyptien
21:38 Publishing programs as concert seasons; works surrounding Robert Browning
25:10 The place of translation at Le Bruit du Temps
29:50 The complete works of Zbigniew Herbert: Corde de lumiere: Œuvres poétiques complètes I and Le Labyrinthe au bord de la mer
32:26 Julius Margolin’s Voyage au pays des Ze-Ka
37:42 Gabriel Levin’s Ostraca
42:11 A reading of Gabriel Levin’s “In Alexandria”/“À Alexandrie”