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Cinegogue: Avant-garde silents

On Monday Oct 12 and Tuesday Oct 13 the Jewish Museum and Berg Orchestra will be co-hosting the fifth Cinegogue screening in which silent films are presented with live orchestral music. The films will be the works of Man Ray, Ralph Steiner and Paul Strand. Like Man Ray, both Steiner and Strand were well known […]

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Literary roundup: Blinding and a four-legged crow

With the much anticipated publication of Mircea Cărtărescu’s Blinding imminent the Romanian author is engaged in a North American tour, with appearances in Minnesota, Chicago, Boston, New York and Toronto. You can see the full schedule here. Translated into English by Sean Cotter the novel isn’t any easier to read than his Nostalgia but like the […]

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Literary roundup: Looking for Czech translators and the devil’s many roles

Translator Alex Zucker was in Prague to speak about his translation of Jáchym Topol’s novel The Devil’s Workshop (Chladnou Zemí), which will be published in June 2013 as well as his previous Topol translation City Sister Silver. To give an idea of the difficulties presented in translating Vladislav Vančura’s 1931 modernist masterpiece Markéta Lazarová, which […]

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A musical aside: Schoenberg, Byron and contemporary Czech music

The first time I saw the Berg Orchestra perform not long after its founding in 1995 the concert program offered a typical mix of new and old music, with the more familiar fare used to draw audiences to the modern music they were still for the most part unaccustomed to hearing. On that particular evening, […]

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