The Virtual Book Club is back, and this episode features a discussion of a text in French. Here, Junior Research Fellow, Macs, talks to undergraduates Isobel and Hector about a short extract from Rachid Boudjedra’s Topographie idéale pour une agression caractérisée (Paris: Denoël, 1975, pp. 173-4).
They consider questions such as:
- What is the style of this passage? Is it difficult to read and understand and if so, why?
- Is there a relationship between the style and what’s happening in the excerpt?
- What kinds of translation take place in this passage?
- How does the protagonist respond to the image of the lotus? Is it right to say that he’s reading the advertisement even though he’s supposedly illiterate? Is he misreading it? What would a “correct” reading of this advertisement look like?
- What language skills are required to read a map or an advertisement?
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The next episode will be on German, and will be a special tie-in with this year’s German Classic Prize. Stay tuned…