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Franek Korbanski

Franek Korbanski has 23 articles published.

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A Small but Maximalist Translatological Manifesto by Stanisław Barańczak: An untranslatable text on translation

I When we were very young, in 1990, a brilliant Polish translator named Stanislaw Barańczak wrote this brilliant essay about translation. Paradoxically, the text itself resists translation, that is, unless one is prepared to follow a rather twisted scenario worthy of a Borgesian imagination. Untranslated, the essay remains largely unknown abroad and even in Poland… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Musings/Review

Book review: Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

This month there is a bonus episode of the Ark Audio Book Club podcast on David Foster Wallace’s epic of tennis, drug addiction and TV. In preparation for that, the panel has written four short reviews of this very long book, ranging from the very favourable to the sycophantically fawning.   Franek (Press play before you… Keep Reading

Book reviews

Book Review: The Bricks that Built the Houses by Kate Tempest

In 2016, the poet, rapper, spoken-word artist and dramatist Kate Tempest published her debut novel The Bricks that Built the Houses. In many ways, it is a book about ‘all that is meaningless’: There is alcohol, drugs and nights out, there is desperation form trying to make meets end, and finally, there is this peculiar… Keep Reading

Ark Review

The Worst Reads of 2017

Ark volunteers pick and present their worst reads of 2017. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai Perhaps it’s a bit unfair to call this my worst read of 2017. This novel has, after all, won the Man Booker Prize. However, having read several Man Booker Prize winners over the years, I couldn’t help but… Keep Reading

Ark Review

The Best Reads of 2017

Ark volunteers pick and present their favourite reads of 2017. The Melancholy of Resistance by László Krasznahorkai What if sense requires a certain amount of nonsense to make sense? And what if you get too close to this nonsense inherent in the production of sense? Then, I wager, you get the surrealism of The Melancholy… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Musings

On Energy and Money

‘I pitched to various magazines with no success. Your aunt Chana lent me another two hundred dollars; I burned it all on a scam bartending school. I delivered food for a small deli in Park Slope. In New York, everyone wanted to know your occupation. I told people I was “trying to be a writer.”… Keep Reading

Musings

Ark Books and KBH Læser

Over the last few years, Ark Books enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with the all star team at KBH Læser. In 2015 we hosted reading by and a debate on love between Pia Tafdrup and Caspar Eric hosted by long-time friend of the store, Rasmus Varnich Blumensaat. With the introduction of the Ark Audio podcasting platform… Keep Reading

Musings

Non-reading

If one thinks of reading as a positive, then it has to have its negative. Let’s call this antithesis a non-reading. Although for anyone who likes to read this counterpart may often constitute a significant portion of their reading life, it remains largely unexamined. And perhaps that’s only fair: we discuss, we review, we criticise… Keep Reading

Ark Review

Five relics

It’s October, so we continue to talk about relics at Ark. Today, we asked five of our volunteers to pick one, and their choices are, well, varied. This is their picks and what they had to say about them. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote Macon The first book I can remember reading as some kind… Keep Reading

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