iván BRAVE

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Review of a duo: Bengal Nights & It Does Not Die

Review of a duo: Bengal Nights & It Does Not Die

12 January 2019

“I would like to be able to look Maitreyi in the eyes…” — Bengal Nights, 1933   For a powerful narrative set in postcolonial India, told by two powerful minds, one pair stands to be compared and contrasted. These are Mircea Eliade’s 1933 Bengal Nights and Maitreyi Devi’s 1974 It Does Not Die. Together, they […]

For poems alongside translations, consider: Relative Genitive, about Father and Son

For poems alongside translations, consider: Relative Genitive, about Father and Son

10 October 2018

Relative Genitive is a brilliant book, presenting the original work of poet-translator Val Vinokur, alongside his translations of works by two of the 20th century’s most influential Russian poets, Osip Mendalstam and Vladimir Mayakovsky. Seriously, full of tasty sounds and bright woven text, simply brilliant. I should know, I was Val Vinokur’s student for two […]