17 August 2007


I've recently returned from Ventspils, where I spent a deliriously happy month in the delightful House of Language, translating the Latvian poet Uldis Bērziņš and the fine Portuguese writer José Riço Direitinho. Meanwhile Ingūna Liepa, the woman I live with, was at a painters' symposium in Lithuania (that's her drawing above -- more of her work can be seen here). I'd meant to continue blogging whilst there, but a different muse hovered nearby -- history and politics were shunted aside in favor of leaping between five languages and sipping strange libations in diverse company (Uldis makes a remarkable infusion of parsley and vodka...). I'll start posting again soon!

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