Antanas Škėma, Madeleine L’Engle, Ludwig Anzengruber, Silvio Rodríguez, Maurice Genevoix, Andrés Bello


De Litouwse dichter en schrijver Antanas Škėma werd op 29 november 1910 geboren in Lodz in Polen. Zie ook alle tags voor Antanas Škėma op dit blog en ook mijn blog van 29 november 2009 en ook mijn blog van 29 november 2010.

Uit: Steps And Stairs (Vertaald door Kęstutis Girnius)

„You thought you sailed west, west the whole day. But your boat turned around, and you return to land again. An old fisherman, a friend of your youth, sits on the rocky shore. His campfire smolders. Dead fish lie around him. In the silk sphere fish and stars, sparks and embers, veined hands and mermaid scales. In the silk sphere a round night is reflected in the electric lamp.
I think all of this when I stop two yards below the old man and see the holes in his soles, while the half-blind man feels something completely other.
He cleaned banks. In Manhattan and Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. In the cellar were ladders and rags, cleaning oil and soap powders, and in the marbled rooms dust stuck to furniture, walls, ceilings, lampshades, and curtains—the unctuous dust of banks, like a thick layer of frozen fat. The Ukrainian stooped often, crawled on all fours, and swayed below the ceiling; hot water flowed through his unfeeling fingers; tables and chairs, telephones and ashtrays, the steel of safes and the blue veins of marble rejuvenated themselves with damp leather, redwood mirrors, the matted shine of plastic; his hands stuck together from the cleaning oil, they smelled of pine sap, of bare feet in the morning mist, the filth of old age, and wrung-out underwear.
I.R.T., B.M.T., Independent. Every night the subways, ruled by magic hieroglyphics, carpets from "A Thousand and One Nights," flew the Ukrainian to a different part of the city. He still walked a few blocks. The same taverns with different names licked his eyes. Gondola, New Orleans, On the 7th Corner. Store windows were jammed with shirts and shoes tied with red ribbons, presents for a girl friend, children, and for oneself.“


Antanas Škėma (29 november 1910 – 11 augustus 1961)

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Antanas Škėma, Madeleine L’Engle, Ludwig Anzengruber, Andrés Bello, Maurice Genevoix, Silvio Rodríguez


De Litouwse dichter en schrijver Antanas Škėma werd op 29 november 1910 geboren in Lodz in Polen. Zie ook mijn blog van 29 november 2008 en ook mijn blog van 29 november 2009en ook mijn blog van 29 november 2010.


Uit: Steps And Stairs (Vertaald door Kęstutis Girnius)


„Our apartment house does not have a full-time janitor, so the garbage no longer fits into the cans. Wax paper, egg shells, a cracked cup, milk cartons He on the side walk. Across the street—a boy's school. During recess four boys run to the area between two doors and play cards. Coins flash on the linoleum. The kids swear like old troopers sitting on bar stools in taverns. A carriage with an infant rests in the sun. He is dozing, the milk bottle and its slimy nipple slip out of his toothless mouth. His mother, a corpulent Ukrainian, is talking with a neighbor on the other side of the street. About money earned, about money saved, about money which floats above New York in thousands but settles as single dollar bills on Driggs Avenue.

I climb to the fourth floor. My steps splatter sound which sticks to the dusty walls. My steps rumple the high notes of an Italian song (a radio is playing on the second floor). Piles of accurately carved out steps accumulate on the stairs. I climb to the fourth floor, to the fourth, to the fourth, to the fourth. My steps are a mechanical saw slicing off the ends of planks. I climb among invisible plank ends flying in an enclosed space, surrounded by greenness I ascend toward the sun. On the top floor, not unlike an artist's atelier, a skylight in the roof, the sun's rays drill their yellow screws toward which the blind man thrusts out the viscous whites of his eyes.

Our neighbor is the corpulent Ukrainian and her large family. Husband, son, the son's wife, the son's son (the infant in the carriage), a sister, and the half-blind old man who now stands, head bent back, grasping the handrail, who thrusts out his eyes toward the sun's yellow screws. He grasps the rails as a ship's captain the spokes of the wheel when a thick fog is all around and murky white icebergs are ahead. He stands like this for whole hours, straight and immovable, an old and experienced wolf in this ocean of shimmering light.

Evening comes. The constant boring kindles the yellow screws, they redden, and the glowing light exhales a remembrance of a fire-site; and when the mechanic stops the saw, the screws revolve no longer, but cool and disappear in the approaching night. Below the ceiling a little electric lamp lights up. Covered with spider webs, the remnants of last year's flies, the lamp announces that you have changed course, experienced captain.“



Antanas Škėma (29 november 1910 – 11 augustus 1961)


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Franz Stelzhamer, Antanas Škėma, Andrés Bello, Maurice Genevoix


De Oostenrijkse dichter en schrijver Franz Stelzhamer werd geboren in Großpiesenham op 29 november 1802. Zie ook mijn blog van 29 november 2008 en ook mijn blog van 29 november 2009.





Da liegt sie, die große Pastete,

Die weite Landschaft vor mir,

Herr Winter, der wack’re Konditor,

Versah sie mit Schmuck und Zier.


Daß er so viel Zucker streute,

Geschah den Kindern zulieb,

Doch was er mit glitzernder Reimschrift

Darauf und darüber schrieb -


Das ist für den Wanderer,

Das ist für mich, für mich,

Und ich deut’ und entziff’re

Die Schrift auch Strich für Strich.


Das nichtigste Ding erglänzet

Im Strahl des Sonnenlichts,

Was macht nach diesem Exempel

Manch Einer aus seinem Nichts!


Drauf krächzt die heisere Dohle,

Ich nick’ und lache dazu,

Im Thale wirds trüb und neblig,

Es ballt sich der Schnee am Schuh -


Und gleich kommt ein and’rer Gnome

Mit melancholischem Gesicht,

Behaucht sich mit warmen Athem

Die frierenden Hände und spricht:


Du mußt dich begraben lan,

Ein in’s Leichentuch dreh’n,

Auf daß neugeboren dann

Du wieder magst aufersteh’n!


Doch kaum ist der Fröstler verschwunden

Im grauen Nebelduft,

Erschüttert Schellengeklingel

Und schallendes Schäckern die Luft.


Gottlob, die »Dreikönig« vorüber,

Es winkt schon der Karneval,

Fünf Schlitten mit munterem Völklern

Kutschieren in’s Städtchen zum Ball.


Mag sein, auch Hochzeitleute,

Wer weiß das so genau,

Es spielen ja Kinder schon gerne

Das Spiel von »Herr und Frau«.


Doch sieh, hintenauf was hockt doch?

Das Mäulchen zum Spotte gespitzt,

Ein kicherndes, zappelndes Gnömchen

Und horch, was singt es itzt?


Allimmer und ewig auf Fasching

Fiel Fasten, auf Freude folgt Leid,

Doch glaubt mir, ihr glücklichen Thoren,

Ihr bleibt stets so froh wie ihr seid.


D’rauf huscht das Fuhrwerk von dannen,

Geklingel und Knallen verhallt,

Ein leises eisiges Lüftchen

Durchschauert Feld und Wald.


Ei Winter, ei Winter, wie lehrreich

Wie lustig und launig du bist,

Wer aus deinen nur scheinbar blanken,

Blühweißn Blättern liest.





Franz Stelzhamer (29 november 1802 – 14 juni 1874)

Standbeeld in Ried im Innkreis


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