Saturday, May 23, 2020

Rien Ne Vas Plus

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Book menu for Rien Ne Vas Plus by Margarita Karapanou; translated from the Greek by Karen Emmerich

Food mentioned in Rien Ne Vas Plus:
Brandy, 6, 38
Coffee, 9, 91, 98, 108, 127
Bulgar and tomatoes, 19
Ice cream, 67, 70, 73, 95-97, 158, 167
Tea, 75, 78, 107
Chocolate cake, 78
Champagne, 84, 158
     Pink champagne, 107, 115, 127, 157
Caviar and crackers, 84
Petits fours, 92
Marshmallows, 96-97
Pizza, 105, 156, 159
Sausage pies, 105, 156, 159
Chocolate bar with almonds, 152
Spinach pie, 156, 159
Apple pie, 156
Strawberries, 158
Eclairs, 159
Bloody Marys, 176-177

Books/Authors mentioned in Rien Ne Vas Plus:
Dostoevsky, epigraph
Marcel Proust, 164
     Le temps retrouvé, 5, 8
     A la rechrche du temps perdu, 37
The Three Musketeers / Alexandre Dumas, 102
Dante's Inferno, 31
Thousand and One Nights / Edward William Lane, 69
William Faulkner, 92
Macbeth / William Shakespeare, 100
George Byron, 117
George Sand, 117
Virginia Woolf, 118
Nobody's Boy / Hector Malot, 153


Movies mentioned in Rien Ne Vas Plus:
Rashomon, epigraph
Fanny and Alexander, 26
Jaws, 28
Gone with the Wind, 78, 156
Tea and Sympathy, 86
The Ten Commandments, 95
Dressed to Kill, 139, 159
Kiss of the Spider Woman, 148

Music mentioned in Rien Ne Vas Plus:
Chopin, 117
"How Deep is Your Love" / Bee Gees, 131
"Just Like a Woman" / Bob Dylan, 131
"Baby, Please Come Back", 131
Billie Holiday, 175, 177-178

Television shows mentioned in Rien Ne Vas Plus:
General Hospital, 93, 95
Love Boat, 96
All My Children, 97

Title mentioned on pages 11, 125, 162, 164


Discussable quote from Rien Ne Vas Plus
:
 "Love, he told me. Love everything from the grass to the first person who walks by in the street. Love it all. That's the only thing that can make life not just bearable, but beautiful." (p. 98)

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

The Scapegoat


Book menu for The Scapegoat by Sophia Nikolaidou; translated from the Greek by Karen Emmerich

Food mentioned in The Scapegoat:
Eggs and bacon, 3
Ouzo, 5
Orange juice, 17
Bourbon and water, 21
Pesto pasta, 21
Chocolate turtles, 21
Tsipouro, 22, 69, 219, 222
Wine, 31
Pork roast, 32
Bean soup, 38
Reindeer with elderberry sauce, 44
Goulash, 68
Chocolate cake, 68
Marinated anchovies, 68
Coffee, 69, 129
Spinach rice, 76
Koulouri, 82, 120
Fried eggs, 123
Tsourekia, 131, 157
Mussels pilaf, 142
Stuffed peppers, 142
Orangeade, 157
Bread and cheese, 185
Wafer cookies, 218
Grilled cheese sandwiches, 218
Roast pork and fried potatoes, 218
Orange juice, 235

Books/Authors mentioned in The Scapegoat:
Dracula / Bram Stoker, 9
John le Carré, 14
 William Shakespeare, 54
Kafka, 68
"The Forest Boat" (poem ) / Nikos Engonopoulo, 76
Cicero, 111-112 224
Homer, 112
George Byron, 119
Cavafy, 145
Catulus (poet), 229

Music mentioned in The Scapegoat:
Miles Davis, 164

Discussable passages from The Scapegoat
:
"Freedom is a sneaky thing. You think it's actually free, but sometimes it turns out to be pretty pricey." (p.75)

"That's the danger with freedom; it's an abyss. Will you fall in?" (p.192)

Page numbers refer to the hardcover edition (ISBN: 9781612193847)
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Saturday, May 9, 2020

Accommodations

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Book menu for Accommodations by Wioletta Greg and translated by Jennifer Croft

Food mentioned in Accommodations:
Tea, 14, 79, 127, 144
     Earl Grey, 127, 177
Ice cream, 17, 46
Ptasic Mleczkos, 18
Coffee, 19
Prune liqueur, 19
Cheese sandwiches, 22
Prince Polo bars, 24
Vodka, 25, 46, 65, 127
Trail mix, 25, 38
Ramen, 28
Poppy seed pretzel sticks, 32
Apples, 36, 85
Beer, 37, 122, 127
Chebureki, 45
Ukha, 45
Sangria, 54
Glazed cocoa cake, 54
Poppy seed cake, 54
Christmas wafers, 54
Red borscht with dumplings, 54
Cabbage and beans, 54
Danishes, 72
Cokes, 81
French fries, 86
Krupnik, 87
Rice pudding, 96
Chocolates, 112
Cherries, 116, 136
Lazanki with mushrooms and sauerkraut, 118
Wine, 135

Books/Authors mentioned in Accommodations:
"Flesh and the Mirror" / Angela Carter, epigraph
Lord of the Flies / William Golding, 19
The Lord of the Rings / J.R.R. Tolkien, 19
The Tempest / William Shakespeare, 23
A Practical Guide to Marital Bliss / Michalina Wislocka, 23
Tropic of Cancer / Henry Miller, 23
The Memoirs of Fanny Hill / John Cleland, 23
Fyodor Tyutchev (poet), 52
"I Only Came to Use the Phone" / Gabriel Garcia Márquez, 87
Narcyza Zmichowska, 91, 113
The Lives of Trees / Julian Ojsmond, 91
The Garden of Life / Henry K. Zwierzchowski, 91

Movies mentioned in Accommodations:
Total Recall, 29
Batman, 134
The Rage of Paris, 146

Page numbers refer to the paperback edition ISBN 97819549223

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Saturday, May 2, 2020

Homesick

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Book menu for Homesick: a Memoir by Jennifer Croft
This is a brief but powerful memoir by an award-winning literary translator. The many personal photos taken by the author and her mother really enhance this book.


Food mentioned in Homesick:
Cheerios, 21
Soda, 21
Cookies, 21, 68, 81
     Sugar cookies, 174
S'mores, 36, 38
Pears, 39
Tropical fruit punch gum, 40
Peaches, 42
Corn dogs, 43
Cotton Candy, 43
Oatmeal fudgies, 47
Root beer floats, 74, 170
Pizza, 111
Watermelon, 112
Peanut butter and potato chip sandwiches, 116
Chocolate cake, 145, 210
Margaritas, 156, 158
Tortilla chips, 156, 158
Fruit punch with Mountain Dew, 165
Turkey and stuffing, 177
Sweet potatoes with marshmallows, 177
Pumpkin pie, 177
Grilled cheese, 179
Vodka, 196, 211
     Peppermint vodka, 197
Cheese crackers, 230
Peanut butter crackers, 30
Dr. Pepper, 230
Fuchsia soup, 230
Café crème, 249

Books/Authors mentioned in Homesick:
Hansel and Gretel / Brothers Grimm, 32, 34
Dr. Seuss, 72, 107
     The Cat in the Hat, 72
     Horton Hears a Who!, 72
     Green Eggs and Ham, 72
Antigone / Sophocles, 153
Anna Karenina, 153, 206
Yevgeny Yevtushenko, 184, 187, 221, 223
Doctor Zhivago / Boris Pasternak, 245

Music mentioned in Homesick:
Paul Simon, 107
     "Graceland", 47
Michael Jackson, 91
Camille Saint-Saëns, 104
"Shoop" / Salt-n-Pepa, 108
"The Man I Love" / Ella Fitzgerald, 112

Movies mentioned in Homesick:
Alladin, 116
Beauty and the Beast, 116

Page numbers refer to the hardcover edition: ISBN 9781944700942

And if you enjoy memoirs, you might also try Travel Light, Move Fast by Alexandra Fuller

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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Flights

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Book menu for Flights by Olga Tokarczyk, translated from Polish by Jennifer Croft

Food mentioned in Flights:
Goulash, 6
Meatballs in tomato sauce, 6
Curry, 9
     Vegetable curry, 324, 326
Beer, 22, 51, 80, 93, 174, 196, 255, 295
Coffee, 33, 49, 64, 77, 104, 134, 173, 153-154, 230, 339, 372
Grapes, 34, 336
Fried fish, 38, 145
Wine, 38-39, 45, 67, 140, 145, 150, 163-164, 183, 191, 267
     White wine, 65, 127, 161
Ajvar, 45
Kopico candies, 47
Herbal tea, 52
Coffee cake, 59
Oysters, 61
Yogurt, 64
Salade Niçoise, 66
Croissants, 67
Potatoes with bacon and onion, 82-83, 92
Vodka, 83, 222, 289
Chocolate bars, 94, 123
Port, 152
Apples, 183, 253, 314
Pirozhki, 233, 253
Borscht, 243, 252
Blinis, 254-256
Mandarin oranges, 274
Figs, 274
Pierogi, 288
Pork chops and cabbage, 295
Apple pie, 295
Samosas, 324
Ice cream, 339, 374
Sole and broccoli, 369
Feta salad, 369
Oatmeal, 372
Ouzo, 374

Books/Authors mentioned in Flights:
Anathemas and Admiratins / Emil Cioran, 23
Ghent, 68
Moby-Dick / Herman Melville, 72
Jorge Luis Borges, 96, 107
The Thousand and One Nights / Edward William Lane, 107
Inferno / Dante, 142
James Joyce, 175
Stendhal. 175
Corporis Humani Anatomia / Philip Verhenen, 205
Karl May, 289
George Sand, 316
Ovid, 373

Music mentioned in Flights:
Mozart, 61, 141
     Requiem, 315-319
Bach, 126
"Who Wants to Live Forever" / Queen, 157
Chopin, 308, 312, 321
Eric Clapton, 226

Page numbers refer to the paperback edition (ISBN: 9780525534204)

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Saturday, April 18, 2020

August

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Book menu for August by Romina Paula; translated from Spanish by Jennifer Croft

I've started reading more literary translations because I'd like to try doing some translations (French to English) myself.  This winter and spring I read all of Jennifer Crofts translations. She translates from Spanish and Polish and was slated to be on the faculty of the 2020 Bread Loaf Translators Conference. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference has been postponed until 2021. I was to attend the conference and so was reading up on Ms. Croft. I hope she is on the faculty next year and that I get to meet her then. I also highly recommend her memoir, Homesick.


August is a quick but somber and mysterious novel that follows a twenty-something Argentine woman who travels back to her hometown on the fifth anniversary of her best friend's death.

Food mentioned in August:
Wine, 69, 120,, 175-176, 178, 180
     White wine, 1, 3, 62, 124
          Chablis, 2
Coffee, 1, 13, 128, 170
Whiskey, 13
Chocolates, 14
Yerba Mate, 15, 41, 121, 123, 139-140, 144, 170
Beer, 77-78, 167, 172, 175-176, 185
Salami and Cheese sandwiches, 128
Cookies, 139
Steak and fries, 176-178
Provencal toast, 176
Ice cream, 181
Dulce de leche, 181
Peanuts, 185
Orange juice, 196
Yogurt, 196
Croissants, 196

Books/Authors mentioned in August:
Hospital Britanico / Hector Viel Temperley, epigraph
Pablo Neruda, 55
The Little Prince / Antoine de Saint-Exupery, 158

Films mentioned in August:
Bleu, 8
Rouge, 8
The Sound of Music, 21
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, 112
Reality Bites, 125-126, 141, 176
Mermaid, 126
Beetlejuice, 126

Music mentioned in August:
Ricardo Montaner, 16
Counting Crows, 56-57, 125, 145-146
     "Round Here", 56, 146
The Police, 70
     "Every Breath You Take", 75
     "King of Pain", 76
Bob Marley, 83
Babasonicos, 152, 155, 157

TV Shows mentioned in August:
Six Feet Under, 3, 20
The Simpsons, 125, 179

Page numbers refer to the paperback edition (ISBN: 9781558614307)

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Saturday, April 11, 2020

Caging Skies

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Book menu for Caging Skies by Christine Leunens

Caging Skies was adapted into the award-winning film Jojo Rabbit. The wonderful movie is a loose adaptation of this very dark novel. If you've seen the film but haven't read this novel, you're missing out on a haunting tale that stays with you for days after reading it.

Food mentioned in Caging Skies
:
Sekt, 10
Schnitzel, 5
Kaiserchmarrn, 15
Coffee, 29, 34, 55, 99-100
Cake, 37
Apples, 56, 77, 170
Brioche, 86
Omelet, 127
Beef Stroganoff, 127
Walnuts, 171
Olives, 175
Vodka, 181
Serviettenknodel, 223-224
Sugar-coated almonds, 242
Fudge, 242
Caramel popcorn, 242
Pancakes, 242
Boxed chocolates, 242
Punschkrapfen, 283

Books/Authors mentioned in Caging Skies:
Sigmund Freud, 30
Kurt Freitag, 30
Paul Nettl, 30
Heinrich Heine, 30
Robert Musil, 30
Tractus Logico-philosophicus / Ludwig Wittgenstein, 74 

Music mentioned in Caging Skies:
"Die Fledermaus" / Johann Strauss, 87
"Slumber Now, Ye Eyes So Weary" / J.S. Bach, 91
Edith Piaf, 188

Discussable Quote:
"The most secret, powerful gift given to a man isn't life, but the capacity to snip at it in his mind, trim it in his heart, cultivate all the branches that should have been and were given life within the nicks in his will, the cuts of his soul. This is where the tree of life is hidden, grafted in each and every man."
(page 293)

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