Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Reading Adam Zagajewski's "Spróbuj opiewać okaleczony świat" in seven languages

This morning, I asked the students in a seminar what languages they speak (and this being Switzerland, they speak many languages). Then, in honor of our exchange student from Poland and to celebrate the end of a semester of great discussions (and after a few minutes of internet research), we read Adam Zagajewski's poem "Spróbuj opiewać okaleczony świat" in the original Polish and in translations into German (by Karl Dedecius), English (by Clare Cavanagh), Italian (by Krystyna Jaworska), Spanish (by Xavier Farré), and French (by a translator I have not been able to identify), along with an improvised translation of the German version into Swiss German by one of the students. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 21 December 2022)

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