In a deep well, reflections on reading Haruki Murakami’s Wind-up Bird Chronicle

It is a rare writer who can combine the spectra of recent history in its full horror, the dreams of love, and the mysteries of the soul. So is Monsieur Murakami. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle was published in Japan in 1995, and once again, I regretted my inability to read the novel in the writer's language. … Continue reading In a deep well, reflections on reading Haruki Murakami’s Wind-up Bird Chronicle

#AtoZAprilChallenge: Fiction

 “Fiction has the interesting double sense of a kind of Imaginative Literature and of pure (sometimes deliberately deceptive) invention… A general use, ranging between a consciously formed hypothesis (‘mathematical fictions’ 1579) and an artificial  and questionable assumption (‘of his own fiction’), was equally common. Fictitious, from C17, ranged from this to the sense of deceptive … Continue reading #AtoZAprilChallenge: Fiction

O m’a dit: Régine Deforges’ interview of Pauline Réage (cont’d) #literature

I am posting here, on several pages, the end of my translation of Régine Deforges' s interview of Pauline Réage (1975) . The beginning is here. RD - What seduces you in  a woman, what draws you to her? PR - Her beauty, and her courage. RD - Her beauty? PR - In essence, yes. I … Continue reading O m’a dit: Régine Deforges’ interview of Pauline Réage (cont’d) #literature

Against Evil

"And the hard part is that she knows better, knows that beneath the high-cap scumscapes created by the corporate order and celebrated in the media, there are depths where petty fraud becomes grave and often deadly sin." ~ Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge  For the past twenty years, that’s the time we have been sheltering in … Continue reading Against Evil

#WritersBlog ~ Feeling guilty, me?

“Les tenants de l’apparence restent fidèles à l’imitation. Ceux qui recherchent une réalité cachée derrière l’apparence définissent une doctrine de l’invention, de la création.” Jean-Yves Tadié, Marcel Proust, L’artiste selon Ruskin (The advocates of appearance stay loyal to imitation. Those who look for some reality behind appearances define a doctrine of invention, of creation.) I … Continue reading #WritersBlog ~ Feeling guilty, me?