12th night

II.iv.75 Now, the melancholy god protect thee, and  the tailor make thy doublet of changeable  taffeta, for thy mind is a very opal.  I would  have men of such constancy put to sea, that  their business might be everything and their  intent everywhere; for that’s it that always  makes a good voyage of nothing. HüzünlerContinue reading “12th night”

Tea inside a falling house

Excerpted from The Annotated Alice / Açıklamalı Notlarıyla Alice by Lewis Carroll, edited by Martin Gardner  Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had plenty of time as she went down to look about her, and to wonder what was going to happen next.  First, she tried to lookContinue reading “Tea inside a falling house”

If we shadows have offended

If we shadows have offended,  Think but this, and all is mended, — That you have but slumbered here, While these visions did appear. Biz gölgeler incittikse sizi, bir düşünün ve hoş görün bizi. Hayaller arz-ı endam ederken siz de kestiriyordunuz ufaktan… Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

 *Before the close of light

Now was the hour that melts the heart anew In voyagers with yearning for the shore The day beloved friends have said adieu, Gemiyle denize açılanların, Sevgili dostlarından ayrıldıkları günü anımsayıp Yüreklerinin ezildiği saatlerdi; And the new pilgrim feels the pang once more Of love, on hearing from the far-off land Bells that belike theContinue reading ” *Before the close of light”

The Wheel of Time

There must be a difference in what you saw… depending on whether you sought adventure or had it forced on you. Macerayı aradığınıza ya da buna zorlandığınıza bağlı olarak, olayları nasıl gördüğünüz konusunda fark olmalıydı. -Robert Jordan, The Eye of the World / Dünyanın Gözü Çeviren: Niran Elçi

Party overtures

from Swann’s Way: In Search of Lost Time, vol 1, Marcel Proust: …that deceptive joy given to us by some friend, some relative of the woman we love when, arriving at the house or theater where she is, for some dance, gala evening, or premiere at which he is going to see her, this friendContinue reading “Party overtures”

Remembering snow before it arrives

Snow memory from Guy de Maupassant: A curtain of uninterrupted white flakes constantly sparkled in its descent to the ground. It effaced forms, and powdered everything with a downy moss. And nothing could be heard in the great silence. The town was calm, and buried under the wintry frost, as this fall of snow, unnamableContinue reading “Remembering snow before it arrives”

The Trial

From Breon Mitchell, Translator’s Preface to Kafka’s The Trial (The Schocken Kafka Library): “The power of Kafka’s text lies in the language, in a nuanced use of the discourses of law, religion, and the theater, and in particular in a closely woven web of linguistic motifs that must be rendered consistently to achieve their fullContinue reading “The Trial”

Wuthering Heights

“Historians of literary translation have often noted a strange phenomenon: although an original text still gives us pleasure even centuries after it was written, almost all translations age quickly.  Why translations should be more time-bound than literary works of art remains a mystery…” -Breon Mitchell From Wuthering Heights: …I know, by instinct, his reserve springsContinue reading “Wuthering Heights”