public libraries: a fragile history

I am posting a review of The library: a fragile history, written by Professor Pettegree and fellow historian Arthur der Weduwen about the fascinating history of how public libraries came to be. One of the photos in the review reminds me of stepping into the State Hall of the National Library of Austria in Vienna,…

kiwi as

Something dawned on me while reading Auē, Becky Manawatu’s debut novel. The first paragraph drew me in immediately. Ārama speaking: “Taukiri and I drove here in Tom Aiken’s truck. We borrowed it to move all my stuff. Tom Aiken helped. Uncle Stu didn’t. This was my home now.” Straight into the unique flavours of our…

Lost in translation

For anyone who has ventured in the dark woods of translation land, my amateur experiences below may bring a smile (or grimace?) of recognition. No matter whether a translation piece is short, long, professional, unofficial or purely out of interest or necessity, it is serious, and I mean serious, business. Negotiating the nuances of (at…

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