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It all looks very intellectual and I'm glad its as enjoyable as it is high-brow, I'm currently hammering my way through a backlog of books including 4 collections of plays by Euripides ... because I hate myself. I'd thoroughly recommend Ion if you've yet to read it, the humour feels very dry, contemporary even. I do have a copy of Homer's Ulysses lying around but heaven knows when I'll finally get around to it.
Its been years since I read any Joyce though I'll never forget the drawn out sermon and the dinner table discussion on Parnell. Nothing like some passionate drunken chest-beating to bewilder ignorant younguns! Dubliners edges slightly ahead in my affections but I've yet to exhaust the Modernist canon, I'm about to read Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms ... could I either way.
Interesting that you find The Honorary Consul as good, The Human Factor which followed several years later was really good too. The Human Factor was made into a half-decent movie, which in turn was followed by a film adaptation of The Honorary Consul starring Tony 'Hannibal' Hopkins.
Yes, I taught Lady C to a class of apathetic sixth-formers so it was a great excuse to indulge myself in some deep thought about it. Lawrence is truly unique, rather like reading Woolf, his work is a drag but infinitely rewarding ... I trust you've read Waldo Emerson's essays on the sublime? I always think of the Americans from the Romantic era when I see or hear that word.
Wow, totally going through a Greene moment huh? How was Travels with my Aunt? Its one I haven't read that always sounded interesting ... and is The Lawless Road his non-fic precursor to the Power and the Glory? I have a stack of Greene novels but its been a while since I've visited Greeneland.
If it takes them a long time I wouldn't mind. They're students of Rabassa, so I think they are meant for the job.
Marias! I've read only 5 books. I think that the best places to start are any of the following: Fever and Spear, Written Lives, Bad Nature, and All Souls (which should be read before Dark Back of Time).
Katrina, I just finished 'The Jaguar' by JG Rosa, translated by David Treece. I think it was a very good translation. It contains 10 stories, some were from 'The Third Bank of the River.' I highly recommend it. Btw, it seems like GSV now has new translators (Elizabeth Lowe & Earl Fitz). I read their work on a book by Clarice Lispector. Here's a link to the interview with Fitz, if you haven't checked it out yet: http://thedeviltopayinthebacklands.wordpress.com/2010/10/14/interview-with-dr-earl-e-fitz/
I do hope to read a lot more from Brazil. A big country which has a lot to offer. But most titles in the list, those that are lucky enough to have come out in English, are really uncommon. I don't see them in bookstores! Well hopefully the translations will come and the old ones reprinted.
I'd like to read Sagarana too! It's his earliest fiction so maybe the style is not as convoluted as GSV. I think the translation, in spite of its shortcomings, has brilliant spots. The trial of Ze Bebelo is particularly well written, I think. GSV is not even considered his best. Some say the 7 collected novellas in Corpo de baile is a rival masterpiece. But it's yet to be translated. What a pity.