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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Nobel Prize for Literature Announced

... and the winner is Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio. Much of his early work has been published in English, but more recent novels have not been translated so extensively -- and translations have shifted from Hamish Hamilton to American university presses. The Nobel citation mentions a recent book that I would love to read -- one for the Sontag translation prize, peut-etre?

Among Le Clézio’s most recent works are Ballaciner (2007), a deeply personal essay about the history of the art of film and the importance of film in the author’s life, from the hand-turned projectors of his childhood, the cult of cinéaste trends in his teens, to his adult forays into the art of film as developed in unfamiliar parts of the world.

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