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Raoul Schrott and Poetic Polyglottery

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ProfArguelles
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12 January 2009 at 5:41pm | IP Logged 
Is anyone here by any chance familiar with the works of the contemporary Austrian author Raoul Schrott? He is a prolific producer of essays, novels, and poetry, for which he won a major litrary prize about 5 years ago. I have just run across him myself and so while I have ordered a number of his works from interlibrary loan, I have yet to read them. I became aware of him by finding and listening to a fascinating 12-part radio series that he produced about a decade ago called die Erfindung der Poesie [the list of broadcasts begins at the very bottom of the page]. Anyone who can follow German narrative and who is interestd in the broader cultural aims of polyglottery (or polyliteracy...) should be equally mesmerized by his detailed account of how Arabic poetic forms filtered through and influenced European lyrics throughout the Middle Ages. If you cannot follow German but are still interested in the development of reading abilities in multiple languages, you may still enjoy listening to the first portion of each segement. In the tradition of Eza Pound before him, Raoul Schrott is a poetic polyglot of first order, and in this series you can hear him read, translate, and interpret poetry in: Summerian, Greek, Latin, Arabic, Irish, Provencal, Hebrew, Italian, and Welsh.

Alexander Arguelles

Edited by ProfArguelles on 12 January 2009 at 6:07pm

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krog
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13 January 2009 at 2:46am | IP Logged 
That's a super link! In the Wissen/Sozusagen section there's an interview with Guy Deutscher and lots of other interesting stuff as well. I've never heard of Raoul Schrott before though.



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13 January 2009 at 6:52am | IP Logged 
Yes, this is a truly wonderful link!

Thanks very much. :-D



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04 February 2009 at 5:03am | IP Logged 
I've heard at second hand that Rauol Schrott gave a lengthy reading of an updated version of the Iliad, which was supposedly very good, but unfortunately that's all I know.



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04 February 2009 at 6:36am | IP Logged 
krog wrote:
I've heard at second hand that Raoul Schrott gave a lengthy reading of an
updated version of the Iliad, which was supposedly very good, but unfortunately that's
all I know.


Yes, he published a new translation of the Iliad last year.
He didn't read it himself, though, he got a couple of famous
German actors to do it:   

Schrott
Iliad


I was fortunate enough to be present at the event, but I could kick myself for not
having an audio recorder in one of my pockets.

The translation is available as an audio book:
http://www.amazon.de/Ilias-Homer/dp/3867171882/ref=sr_1_2?
ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1233749879&sr=8-2




krog
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04 February 2009 at 8:49am | IP Logged 
urubu wrote:

Yes, he published a new translation of the Iliad last year.
He didn't read it himself, though, he got a couple of famous
German actors to do it:   

Schrott
Iliad


I was fortunate enough to be present at the event, but I could kick myself for not
having an audio recorder in one of my pockets.

The translation is available as an audio book:
http://www.amazon.de/Ilias-Homer/dp/3867171882/ref=sr_1_2?
ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1233749879&sr=8-2




Thanks for that link.



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