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Franek Korbanski

Franek Korbanski has 28 articles published.

Ark Review

Three Books that make us ROFL: Reading on the Floor, Laughing.

ROFL: Reading On the Floor Laughing   Umberto Eco – Travels in Hyperreality I recently came across an essay by Umberto Eco entitled Travels in Hyperreality from 1975. It is the fruit of Eco’s visit to America, a hyperreal land, as he claims, the hyperreality of which he sets out to grasp. Eco visits Disneyland—of… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Interviews

An Interview with Krzysztof Czyżewski

Pogranicze is a Polish word that means borderland: an area along the border. Borderlands are mosaics of diverse forces—of numerous possibilities and exciting encounters, but also areas of dangerous frictions and painful tensions. Places of some peculiar energy, which can take many forms. Fundacja Pogranicze [The Borderland Foundation] and its sister organisation Ośrodek Pogranicze—sztuk, kultur,… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Book reviews

A book for our times

One dimension of these times in which we live, the times of post-truth, is that they are troubled by an epidemic of fake news. The “fake” infuses the public debate of which we are a part of, whether we like it or not. This very specific condition can be, and indeed is, met with a… Keep Reading

Essays/Long read

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

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