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Tradition, Translation, TraumaThe Classic and the Modern$
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Jan Parker and Timothy Mathews

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199554591

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199554591.001.0001

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Reading the Invisible with Cees Nooteboom, Walter Benjamin, and Alberto Giacometti

Reading the Invisible with Cees Nooteboom, Walter Benjamin, and Alberto Giacometti

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(p.317) 17 Reading the Invisible with Cees Nooteboom, Walter Benjamin, and Alberto Giacometti
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Tradition, Translation, Trauma
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Timothy Mathews

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199554591.003.0020

This chapter describes a novel in translation All Soul’s Day by Cees Nooteboom, published originally in 1998 in a language (Dutch), which the author does not read with any competence, and about a European capital city of which the author has no lived experience. It asks: Where do we know history, and how do we discover it? How do we discuss it, communicate it, and live it? How do we hear history, as temporal beings who experience, recollect, forget? What is the relation of that personal, unique sense of time to its not-there-ness to others?

Keywords:   translation, novels, All Soul’s Day, Cees Nooteboom

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