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Hopscotch Translation Series: Philip Boehm in conversation w/ Vincent Kling


Please join us for the 9th installment of our HOPSCOTCH TRANSLATION SERIES:
Philip Boehm in conversation with Vincent Kling!

Philip and Vincent will discuss German literature and translation, focusing on Philip's translation of Christine Wunnicke's THE FOX AND DR. SHIMAMURA—with (we hope!) a few mentions of his classic translation (soon to be reissued by New Directions Publishing) of Ingeborg Bachmann's MALINA!


"A marvel, a wonder—a deeply strange little novel about medicine, memory, and fox possession. With her delicate prose, arch tone, and mischievous storytelling, Wunnicke proves herself a master of the form."—Kirkus

The Fox and Dr. Shimamura toothsomely encompasses Japan and Europe, memory and actuality, fox-possession myths and psychiatric mythmaking. The novel begins near the story’s end, in Dr. Shimamura’s retirement. A feverish invalid, he’s watched over by four women: his wife, his mother, his mother-in- law, and a nurse (originally one of his psychiatric patients). His mother is busily writing and rewriting his biography, Between Genius and Madness.

As an outstanding young Japanese medical student at the end of the nineteenth century, Dr. Shimamura is sent—to his dismay—to the provinces: he is asked to cure scores of young women of an epidemic of fox possession. He considers the assignment a joke, believing it’s all a hoax, until he sees a fox moving under the skin of a beauty. He comes to believe not just in fox possession, but also that he in fact “cured” the young woman with a kiss, by breathing in the fox demon (the root of his lifelong fever).

Next he travels to Europe and works with such luminaries as Charcot, Breuer and (briefly) Freud himself (whose methods he concludes are incompatible with Japanese politeness). The ironic parallels between Charcot’s hack theories of female “hysteria” and Japanese ancient folklore—when it comes to beautiful writhing young women—are handled with a lightly sardonic touch by Christine Wunnicke, whose flavor-packed language is a delight.

PHILIP BOEHM has translated over thirty books and plays by German and Polish writers such as Herta Müller, Franz Kafka and Hanna Krall. For these translations he has received numerous awards including fellowships from the NEA and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He also works as a stage director and playwright and is the founding Artistic Director of Upstream Theater in St. Louis.

VINCENT KLING has translated fiction, poetry, and critical writings by Doderer; Bäcker; Pittler; Jonke; and Fritsch. He was awarded the Schlegel-Tieck Prize for the Swiss novel Why the Child Is Cooking in the Polenta, by Veteranyi. He is currently at work on a translation for New York Review of Books of Doderer’s monumental novel Die Strudlhofstiege oder Melzer und die Tiefe der Jahre and is compiling a compendium volume of writings by Heimito von Doderer in English translation.
The Fox and Dr. Shimamura Cover Image
By Christine Wunnicke, Philip Boehm (Translator)
ISBN: 9780811226240
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - April 30th, 2019

Malina Cover Image
By Ingeborg Bachmann, Philip Boehm (Translator), Rachel Kushner (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780811228725
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 28th, 2019

Why the Child Is Cooking in the Polenta (Swiss Literature) Cover Image
By Aglaja Veteranyi, Vincent Kling (Translator)
ISBN: 9781564786869
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dalkey Archive Press - January 17th, 2012

Event date: 
Friday, April 19, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Racial Identity & Labor's Struggle for Equality: Bill Fletcher Jr in conversation w/ Andrew Lamas

Please join us as we welcome journalist and lifelong social justice advocate
Bill Fletcher, Jr.
& Professor Andrew Lamas
for a discussion about race in America
and labor’s long battle to defeat institutional and cultural racism! 

Bill and Andy will reflect on how race-baiting, anti-immigrant rhetoric in the white community, and racial solidarity within communities of color played a role in shaping the 2018 elections, and he will discuss the lessons for future elections.

Bill will also share his experience exploring these issues through the medium of story. His first work of fiction: The Man Who Fell From the Sky, a crime novel, examines issues of racism and inequality through the eyes of a young journalist of Cape Verdean descent. The young reporter investigates a murder in a small Cape Cod community in 1970 while covering the anti-Viet Nam War protests and the Black Panthers. His interviews of people of color, African-American and Cape Verdean, bring him a new understanding of the African diaspora and the challenges of surviving in America. The author will also discuss the unique ways in which a work of fiction can explore and reveal important truths about the human condition, as well as touch the heart and stir a people to take action.

Set within a Cape Verdean American community undergoing a transformation of its own consciousness, Fletcher’s crime novel dives deep into questions of racial, ethnic and national identity.

BILL FLETCHER, JR., has been an activist since his teen years. Upon graduating from college he went to work as a welder in a shipyard, thereby entering the labor movement. Over the years he has been active in workplace and community struggles as well as electoral campaigns. He has worked for several labor unions in addition to serving as a senior staffperson in the national AFL-CIO.

Fletcher is the former president of TransAfrica Forum; a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies; an editorial board member of; and in the leadership of several other projects. Fletcher is the co-author (with Peter Agard) of “The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941”; the co-author (with Dr. Fernando Gapasin) of “Solidarity Divided: The crisis in organized labor and a new path toward social justice“; and the author of “‘They’re Bankrupting Us’ – And Twenty other myths about unions.” Fletcher is a syndicated columnist and a regular media commentator on television, radio and the Web.

ANDREW LAMAS began teaching at the University of Pennsylvania in 1990. His primary faculty appointment is in the School of Arts & Sciences’ Urban Studies Program, where he focuses on the theoretical and practical dimensions, as well as the philosophical and religious bases, of social justice and economic democracy — in the context of historical and contemporary capitalist urbanization. He has also lectured in other schools and programs at Penn, including the Law School, the Wharton School, the School of Design, and the School of Social Policy & Practice. He is Core Faculty in Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies (GSWS) and the Alice Paul Center, he participates in the GSWS Global Gender Group, and he is Faculty Affiliate of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center. Andy also serves as a Faculty Mentor and Fellow at the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, where he focuses on employee ownership, cooperatives, and other alternative forms of broad-based ownership, democratic governance, and workplace participation. His most recent publications are;  The Great Refusal: Herbert Marcuse and Contemporary Social Movements (Temple University Press, 2017).and "Eros on the Slaughter-Bench," in Jesse Krimes: Deus ex Machina, ed. Julie Courtney (Drexel University, 2018). He is also on the editorial board of the Radical Philosophy Review. 


The Man Who Fell from the Sky Cover Image
ISBN: 9780999135846
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hard Ball Press - October 2018

ISBN: 9780807003329
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Beacon Press - August 28th, 2012

Event date: 
Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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