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August 03 2018


i12bent: Witold Gombrowicz (August 4, 1904 – 1969) was a Polish novelist and dramatist. His works are characterized by deep psychological analysis, a certain sense of paradox and an absurd, anti-nationalist flavor. Photo by Bodhan Paczowski, 1965

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August 02 2018


i12bent: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian dissident writer whose two best-known works are The Gulag Archipelago and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - died on this day [Aug. 3] in 2008, aged 89, of heart failure… Photo of Solzhenitsyn in the Gulag

July 14 2018


i12bent: Two of the best readers of the 20th C. share this birthday: Jacques Derrida (July 15, 1930 - 2004) & Walter Benjamin (July 15, 1892 - 1940, suicide)

July 02 2018


i12bent: Anyone else feeling a bit Kafkaesque today..? Born on the 3rd of July, Franz Kafka, Czech-born Jewish-German writer (1883 - 1924), author of excellently absurdist short stories and novels…

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June 30 2018

Writers who write about writers can easily bring on the worst kind of literary miscarriage; everybody knows that. Start a story off with ‘Craig crushed out his cigarette and lunged for the typewriter,’ and there isn’t an editor in the United States who’ll feel like reading your next sentence.
— “Builders” (Eleven Kinds of Loneliness), Richard Yates. (via Booklover)
Tags: Literature

June 29 2018


Antoine de Saint-Exupery in plane cockpit during World War II, 1944 (via Ordinary Finds)

“French aviator and author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, was born June 29, 1900. He was shot down by the Germans in 1944 and killed. His fine novella The Little Prince is still widely read, as are some of his lyrical non-fiction books about flying…”

June 27 2018


i12bent: Swiss Francophone philosopher, Jean-Jacques Rousseau (June 28, 1712 - 1778) is one of the chief Enlightenment writers. His thoughts on education in Emile are still influential, and with his Confessions he blazed a path for modern autobiography, or life writing…

June 26 2018


i12bent: Lefcadio Hearn (June 27, 1850 - 1904) was a Greek-born Irish writer, who lived variously in Ireland, The US and Japan (ultimately gaining Japanese citizenship…)

June 13 2018


i12bent: Jorge Luis Borges, Argentinian fabulator and magister ludi of the postmodern narrative - died this day in 1986 from liver cancer, aged 86…

June 05 2018


The Tale of the Princess Kaguya - Isao Takahata, 2013 (via iranian-diaspora.tumblr.com)

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May 18 2018


thesunthief: The Amour of Armor. Painting originally in an Iranian story-book.

May 07 2018


goghflora: sylvia plath, feeding a deer in 1959. this picture was taken by her husband, the poet ted hughes.

Tags: Literature
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poboh: Jorge Luis Borges’ Library of Babel, Illustrated Erik Desmazieres. French, born in 1948

Tags: Art Literature
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March 17 2018

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To me, literature is a calling, even a kind of salvation. It connects me with an enterprise that is over 2,000 years old. What do we have from the past? Art and thought. That’s what lasts.
— Susan Sontag (via Booklover)
Tags: Literature
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October 09 2017


en.wikipedia.org: Episode 9 of the Tales of Ise (伊勢物語, Ise monogatari): journeying to the East, the hero gives a poem to a hermit on mount Utsu; corresponding calligraphy by a courtier.

June 06 2017

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from arabstateofmind.tumblr.com (via iranian-diaspora):

Written more than 1,000 years ago by Abolqasem Ferdowsi (940–ca. 1019), the Shahnameh recounts a long, legendary history of the Iranian people from the beginning of civilisation until the historical Arab conquest of the region in the seventh century. The heart of the narrative concerns the adventures of Iran’s most celebrated mythological hero, Rostam.

Over the centuries, tales from the Shahnameh have been depicted in a variety of styles around the Middle East and central and sub-continental Asia. Versions illustrated by Persian, Mughal, and Ottoman artists can be found in museums from Istanbul to Los Angeles. For all of its many adaptations, however, it has remained largely unknown in the west except in scholarly circles and among Iranians.

But New York–based artist Hamid Rahmanian’s recent illustrated rendition with translator Ahmad Sadriof, Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings could change that. His images draw on thousands of carefully orchestrated elements from paintings, lithographs, and manuscript miniatures from Iran, Mughal India, and the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and 19th centuries, and convey scenes such as dreams and nightmares rarely if ever depicted in previous versions. Read more: Epic Iranian tale gets an intimate upgrade

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March 07 2017

The ancients waited for cherry blossoms, grieved when they were gone, and lamented their passing in countless poems. How very ordinary the poems had seemed to Sachiko when she read them as a girl, but now she knew, as well as one could know, that grieving over fallen cherry blossoms was more than a fad or convention.
— Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, The Makioka Sisters (via Booklover)
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June 20 2015


historicaltimes: 1886: Tolstoy on the road from Moscow to Yasnaya Polyana.

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