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Fully Sweded by David Astle
Meet Sebastian. He doesn’t talk much. In fact he hasn’t spoken since we met. The strong silent type, Sebastian has a round head and lean flanks. He hails from Sweden, along with Gilbert, who lives in my dining room.
We also have an L-shaped couch called Karlstad and a blond coffee table named Ramvik. To complete the family there is Benno the bookcase, a…
Two New Books on Arabic’s Decorative Beauties
Detail of a photograph from the book Arabic Graffiti
The decorative potential of Arabic script is famous - the exteriors of the entrances of the Taj Mahal, for example, are decorated with Koranic inscriptions that run in both directions at once. But modern artists are making the most of the beauties of the script too. Arabic Graffiti is a new book that highlights the…
Mary Norris and Jane Caro: Why does ‘i’ come before ‘e’, except after ‘c’?
In Other Words
Speaking of translation, Media Bistro has published another one of its ‘mix tapes’. This one is described as a special literary sampler of the novels longlisted to win the Best Translated Book Award for novels published in the US in 2010. The longlist features works from 19 countries in 12 languages.
The awards are in their 5th year. They’re run by Three Percent, a…
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