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Expeditions Of A Chimaera by Oana Avasilichioaei
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Feb 18, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011, poetry
Read in February, 2011

The hard thing is the Romanian, which I am definitely not fluent in. The book goes back and forth between the two languages transcribing the same poem and tracking the shifts and changes that translation force upon the maleable thing we call meaning. So this is a slow process, and yet it flys by, the same poem morphs slightly over time as though you read it, wait, read it again later and there are things about the verse you didn't remember. But without a proper account of the Romanian it's hard to really say more. Unless the point is we can intuit parts but we can never know totally.

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