10-09-14

Andreï Makine, Franz Werfel, Paweł Huelle, Mary Oliver, Eddy Pinas, Jeppe Aakjær

 

De Franse schrijver van Russische afkomst Andreï Makine werd geboren in Krasnojarsk op 10 september 1957. Zie ook mijn blog van 10 september 2010. en eveneens alle tags voor Andreï Makine op dit blog.

Uit: Dreams of My Russian Summers (Le Testament français, vertaald door Geoffrey Strachan)

„Throughout this parade of expressions and faces there recurred here and there that of a woman with fine, regular features and large gray eyes. Young at first, in the earliest of the albums, her smile was suffused with the secret charm of the "petite pomme." Then, with age, in the more recent albums, closer to our time, this expression became muted and overlaid with a veil of melancholy and simplicity.
It was this woman, this Frenchwoman, lost in the snowy immensity of Russia, who had taught the others the words that bestowed beauty. My maternal grandmother... She was born in France at the beginning of the century in the family of Norbert and Albertine Lemonnier. The mystery of the "petite pomme" was probably the first of the legends that enchanted our childhood. And these were also among the first words we heard in that language that my mother used, jokingly, to call "your grandmaternal tongue."
One day I came upon a photo I should not have seen.... I was spending my holidays with my grandmother in the town at the edge of the Russian steppe where she had been stranded after the war. A warm, slow summer dusk was drawing in and flooding the rooms with a mauve glow. This somewhat unearthly light fell upon the photos that I was examining before an open window, the oldest snapshots in our albums. The pictures spanned the historic watershed of the 1917 revolution; brought to life the era of the tsars; and, moreover, pierced the iron curtain, which was then almost impenetrable, transporting me at one moment to the precinct of a gothic cathedral and the next into the pathways of a garden where the precise geometry of the plants left me perplexed. I was plunging into our family prehistory.
Then suddenly this photo!
I saw it when, out of pure curiosity, I opened a large envelope that had been slipped between the last page and the cover. It was that inevitable batch of snapshots that have not been judged worthy to appear on the rough cardboard of the pages, landscapes that can no longer be identified, faces that evoke neither affection nor memories. One of those batches you always tell yourself you must sort through one day, to decide the fate of all these souls in torment.... “

 

 
Andreï Makine (Krasnojarsk, 10 september 1957)

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10-09-13

Andreï Makine, Franz Werfel, Paweł Huelle, Mary Oliver, Eddy Pinas

 

De Franse schrijver van Russische afkomst Andreï Makine werd geboren in Krasnojarsk op 10 september 1957. Zie ook mijn blog van 10 september 2010. en eveneens alle tags voor Andreï Makine op dit blog.

 

Uit: The Life of an Unknown Man (Vertaald door Geoffrey Strachan)

 

“This happiness rendered absurd men's desire to dominate, to kill, to possess, thought Volsky. For neither Mila nor he possessed anything. Their joy came from the things one does not possess, from what other people had abandoned or scorned. But, above all, this sunset, this scent of warm bark, these clouds above the young trees in the graveyard, these belonged to everybody!”

(…)

 

“All of this seemed equally trifling to him now. And when he thought again about the world of free people, the difference between it and the miseries and joys of this place seemed minimal. If three tiny fragments of tea leaf chanced to fall into a prisoner's battered cup, he relished them. In Leningrad during the interval at the opera a woman sipped champagne with the same pleasure. Their sufferings were also comparable. Both the prisoner and the woman had painful shoes. Hers were narrow evening shoes which she took off during the performance. The prisoner suffered from what they wore in the camp, section of tyres into which you thrust your foot wrapped in rags and fastened with string. The woman at the opera knew that somewhere in the world there were millions of beings transformed into gaunt animals, their faces blackened by the polar winds. But this did not stop her drinking her glass of wine amid the glittering of the great mirrors. The prisoner knew that a warm and brilliant life was lived elsewhere in tranquility but this did not spoil his pleasure as he chewed those fragments of tea leaf....”

 

 

 

Andreï Makine (Krasnojarsk, 10 september 1957)

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10-09-12

Andreï Makine, Franz Werfel, Paweł Huelle, Mary Oliver

 

De Franse schrijver van Russische afkomst Andreï Makine werd geboren in Krasnojarsk op 10 september 1957. Zie ook mijn blog van 10 september 2010. en eveneens alle tags voor Andreï Makine op dit blog.

 

Uit: Dreams of My Russian Summers (Le Testament français, vertaald door Geoffrey Strachan)

 

„While still a child, I guessed that this very singular smile represented a strange little victory for each of the women: yes, a fleeting revenge for disappointed hopes, for the coarseness of men, for the rareness of beautiful and true things in this world. Had I known how to say it at the time I would have called this way of smiling "femininity."...But my language was too concrete in those days. I contented myself with studying the women's faces in our photograph albums and identifying this glow of beauty in some of them.

For these women knew that in order to be beautiful, what they must do several seconds before the flash blinded them was to articulate the following mysterious syllables in French, of which few understood the meaning: "pe-tite-pomme."...As if by magic, the mouth, instead of being extended in counterfeit bliss, or contracting into an anxious grin, would form a gracious round. The whole face was thus transfigured. The eyebrows arched slightly, the oval of the cheeks was elongated. You said "petite pomme," and the shadow of a distant and dreamy sweetness veiled your gaze, refined your features, and caused the soft light of bygone days to hover over the snapshot.

This photographic spell had won the confidence of the most diverse women: for example, a relative from Moscow in the only color photo in our albums. Married to a diplomat, she spoke through clenched teeth and sighed with boredom before even hearing you out. But in the photo I could immediately identify the "petite pomme" effect.

I observed its aura on the face of a dull provincial woman, some anonymous aunt, whose name only came up when the conversation turned to the women left without husbands after the male slaughter of the last war. Even Glasha, the peasant of the family, in the rare photos that we still possessed of her, displayed the miraculous smile. Finally there was a whole swarm of young girl cousins, puffing out their lips while trying to hold on to this elusive French magic during several interminable seconds of posing. As they murmured their "petite pomme," they still believed that the life that lay ahead would be woven uniquely from such moments of grace.... „

 

 

Andreï Makine (Krasnojarsk, 10 september 1957)

 

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11-09-11

Andreï Makine, Franz Werfel, Paweł, Huelle, Mary Oliver, Eddy Pinas

 

 

De Franse schrijver van Russische afkomst Andreï Makine werd geboren in Krasnojarsk op 10 september 1957. Zie ook mijn blog van 10 september 2010.

 

Uit: Die Frau vom Weißen Meer (Vertaald door Holger Fock und Sabine Müller)

 

»Eine Frau, die so sehr zum Glück bestimmt war (und wäre es nur zu einem rein körperlichen Glück, ja, zu einem banalen körperlichen Wohlbefi nden), die sich, fast möchte man sagen, unbekümmert für die Einsamkeit entschieden hat, für die Treue zu einem Abwesenden, den Verzicht auf Liebe …«

Diesen Satz habe ich in jenem sonderbaren Moment geschrieben, wo man plötzlich glaubt, einen anderen (diese Frau, Vera) zu kennen. Zuvor ist es Neugier, Ahnung, das Lechzen nach Geständnissen. Die Sehnsucht nach dem anderen, das Gefühl, von etwas angezogen zu werden,

das in ihm schlummert. Hat man sein Geheimnis erst entschlüsselt, fallen jene oft selbstgefälligen Worte und Urteile, die zerlegen, festhalten, einordnen. Alles wird begreifl ich und selbstverständlich. Nun kann sich Gewohnheit oder Gleichgültigkeit in eine Liebesbeziehung einschleichen.

Das Geheimnis des anderen ist vertraut. Sein Körper wird zu einer Mechanik körperlicher Reize, die

das Begehren weckt oder nicht weckt, seine Liebe gehört zum Bestand absehbarer Reaktionen.

In diesem Stadium ereignet sich tatsächlich so etwas wie ein Mord, wir töten jenes unendliche und unerschöpfliche Wesen, dem wir begegnet sind. Wir haben es lieber mit einer Wortfügung zu tun als mit einem Lebewesen …

Es muss in jenen Septembertagen gewesen sein, in einem Dorf tief in den Wäldern, die sich bis zum Weißen Meer erstrecken, als ich solche Überlegungen niederschrieb: »unerschöpfliche Wesen«, »ein Mord«, »eine durch die Wörter entblößte Frau« … Damals (ich war sechsundzwanzig Jahre alt) schienen mir diese Schlüsse sehr scharfsinnig zu sein. Ich empfand den wohltuenden Stolz, das heimliche Leben einer Frau, die ihrem Alter nach meine Mutter hätte sein können, erraten und ihr Schicksal in einigen gutgedrechselten Sätzen ausgedrückt zu haben.“

 

 

 

Andreï Makine (Krasnojarsk, 10 september 1957)

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10-09-10

Andreï Makine, Franz Werfel, Paweł Huelle, Mary Oliver, Eddy Pinas, Viktor Paskov, Hilda Doolittle, Reinhard Lettau, George Bataille, Jeppe Aakjær

 

Zie voor de volgende schrijvers van de 10e september mijn blog bij seniorennet.be 

  

Andreï Makine, Franz Werfel, Paweł Huelle, Mary Oliver, Eddy Pinas

 

Zie voor de volgende schrijvers van de 10e september ook bij seniorennet.be mijn vorige blog van vandaag.

 

Viktor Paskov, Hilda Doolittle, Reinhard Lettau, George Bataille, Jeppe Aakjær