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SINN DES SCHREIBENS – 蒋雪峰 Jiang Xuefeng

5月 7, 2020

Jiang Xuefeng

5 Jahre nach dem Ende der Menschen
sind alle Straßen verschwunden,
besetzt von Gräsern, Sträuchen und Bäumen.
Nach 25 Jahren
sind die Kühlrohre des letzten Wasserkraftwerks
von Schnecken und Muscheln verstopft
und die Welt wird völlig dunkel.
Die Kakerlaken haben dann in den Küchen alles Verschimmelte aufgefressen
und fangen mit Büchern und Zeitungen an.
Am Ende bleibt kein Blatt Papier auf der Welt,
kein einziges Zeichen.

Das ist auch der Sinn des Schreibens,
– den Kakerlaken noch ein paar Bücher,
noch ein paar Tage Fressen zu lassen.

Übersetzt von MW im Mai 2020




POETRY IN CRISIS? 庄生访谈:十一问 – 11 QUESTIONS asked by Zhuang Sheng

3月 19, 2020

11 QUESTIONS asked by Zhuang Sheng

1. Could you please introduce yourself?
Martin Winter, Chinese name 维马丁, poet and translator from Chinese into German and English.
2. Where did you spend this year’s Spring Festival?
At home in Vienna. Yi Sha 伊沙 and six other poets from China (Tu Ya 图雅, Jiang Huhai 江湖海, Xiang Lianzi 湘莲子, Pang Qiongzhen 庞琼珍, Bai Li 白立 and Chun Sue 春树) had just left, after spending over two weeks in Austria in January. You could also say we had Spring Festival together, in Innsbruck in Tyrol in the alps, with poets there, and in Vienna, also with friends. Bai Li was our best cook, and all of them made really good food, we made Jiaozi together, you know, Chinese dumplings, and many other dishes. Yi Sha likes to cook tomatoes and eggs, very simple dish, but very good. We celebrated together, and they went back one day before the lunar new year.
3. How has this virus crisis affected you?
Actually, here in Austria it has only just started to affect everyone. Schools are closed, also most shops. I have been working from home before already, so there is no big change. But I have to be afraid of both short-term and long-term effects in the publishing world, in China and in Europe.
4. How do you spend your time now?
I work from home, so the only big change is that my wife and my son are also home all day. My daughter already has her own apartment, but it is close by. She moved in February, when it was still normal. She was with us on the weekend, we are going to see her again tomorrow or so. People are supposed to stay at home, but you can go shopping for food, medicine, tobacco.
5. How is your mood these days?
Ok, maybe a little worried, but ok, not bad.
6. What are you most satisfied with from before this crisis? Can you give an impression of the efforts against the virus in your location?
My poems. My work. My family, friends, contacts, local and international. The measures against the virus here in Austria and in Vienna have only just started in earnest. There is some criticism that tourism was stopped too late in Tyrol. People who came to ski from all over Europe, and some got sick there, maybe a lot.
7. What is the best thing you have eaten during this crisis?
My wife is at home, so she cooks more. She likes to buy lamb and beef from the Muslim halal butcher at the vegetable market close by. Our vegetables are from there too. My son likes to help with cooking. Today they made lasagna, from scratch. Most food shops are open, even some restaurants for take out. Some Chinese shops have closed. Hope there are still one or two open in the city. But that’s just for spices and sauces like 老干妈.
8. What has worried your family and relations in this crisis?
My parents stay at home. My sister lives very close to them, and her sons help them. One of them is studying to be a doctor, he was working in a hospital. Hope he is ok.
9. In this global crisis, what do you think about poets writing poetry? Have you written poetry in this time?
This is a very good time for writing, reading, translating, even for distributing and discussing poetry, at least online. I have followed the situation in China. People compared the slogans warning you not to go out, some of these were very nasty and violent, to the writing on boxes sent from Japan, relief goods for Wuhan. There was Tang poetry on there, to remind people of their common heritage. Something about mountains and streams, 山川異域, 風月同天. Reminds me of Du Fu, mountains and rivers remain. So people compared this ancient culture to the crude slogans and said we should learn from the Japanese. Then one guy wrote an article in the Yangtze daily 长江日报 on February 12 and quoted Adorno who said poetry after Auschwitz was barbaric, so we don’t need poetry from Japan, because of what the Japanese did in the war. Any simple slogan was better, no poetry required, he said. But Tang poetry is very much what defines China, Chinese culture, also poetry in general. So everyone trashed this guy online. And people wrote even more poetry than before, a lot of it related to the crisis. Poems for Dr. Li Wenliang, the eye doctor from Wuhan who was one of the early whistle-blowers in late December 2019, and got reprimanded, and continued to work and died from the virus. That was world news, everyone knows this, also here in Austria. So in China on the whole there is a creative burst in this crisis, which is a very good thing, it gives hope. Some of these new poems are really very, very good. Yes, I have written a few poems myself. Some are related to China. I’ll see how it goes here in Europe. People have to stay at home, so they have more time for artistic pursuits, making music, for example. Singing from the balconies.
10. When the crisis is over, what are you most eager to do?
Don’t know yet, it has only just started here. Go out, meet people. My book is coming out in China, “Finally We Have Snow”, translated by Yi Sha. Should have come out in February. So I had planned to present the book in China this spring, at the Austrian embassy in Beijing, and at other places, maybe Xi’an etc. Anyway, my expertise is in intercultural, international contact with Chinese language, literature, poetry. So I am most eager to work in this field.
11. What do you think about the global situation?
It has brought people together. It is good for the climate, hopefully also for the social climate locally and internationally. There are always people who play us and them, but people do have a lot in common, much more than we realize. And now we have this one thing in common, globally. Everybody seems to agree on that.






4月 24, 2019


Mr. Short & Mr. Fear
are the highest people
in government.
One of them is
a former neo-Nazi.
Mr. Short is actually tall.
Mr. Fear wears glasses now,
to look more serious
& less fearsome,
at least at first glance.

Both are very good
for Big Business.

They represent
my country.
Don’t know if I
should laugh or cry.

this is not about Austria
or Hungary.
It’s about China.
It is America.
You name your place.
It’s fear of Muslims,
or fear of the Other
and spin-doctored heads
short-changing us all.

MW April 2019


4月 23, 2019

Zhu Jian

I was born
in the last year of the Cultural Revolution.
If the Cultural Revolution happens again now,
fuck me I can only grow backwards,
in the end my sperm storms out of the egg,
swims straight away and won’t turn his head.

November 2018
Translated by MW, April 2019

伊沙主持 | 新世纪诗典9一周联展(2019.4.7——4.13)




3月 30, 2019

You Ruoxin

in einem kommenden jahrhundert
an einem kommenden tag
auf der sterbenden erde
steigt eine versteigerung.
ein paar dutzend alte reiche
in strahlenanzügen
mit gasmasken
in einem haus mit künstlichem sauerstoff
steigern noch einmal mit.
das erste auktionsgut
ist eine durchsichtige flasche.
man nennt es schon lang nicht mehr
das wort kennt kein mensch.
das zweite auktionsgut
ist ein unkraut,
das hat man früher zertreten,
jetzt ist es das einzige grün.
das dritte auktionsgut
ist eine original verpackte flasche
unverseuchter luft.
die überlebenden milliardäre
drängen sich auf die bühne.
die flasche fällt auf den boden,
das letzte bisschen
hat sich verflüchtigt.

Übersetzt von MW im März 2019



2018年首届人民文学翻译奖获奖感言 – 维马丁 (Martin Winter,奥地利)

12月 13, 2018

Acceptance speech for the People’s Literature 2018 Translation prize

维马丁 (Martin Winter,奥地利)

人民文学开始做外语版大概已经十年左右。记得2013年的科幻专辑。2013年十二月我只有几天在北京,碰巧得机会在《老书虫》(Bookworm)英语书店参加科幻专辑发布会。最深的印象是郝景芳。有几个人上场朗诵和讨论。除了郝景芳还有一个重要的印象也许就是刘宇昆(Ken Liu).我读了他翻译的刘慈欣《三体》英语版,真的很喜欢,而且非常佩服。就记得他们两个人讨论。刘宇昆说他已经习惯生活在美国,写作也是用英语。郝景芳说她觉得如果是她就不行,她需要中国的环境和自己的母语才能写作。两位都说得很开放,我觉得都说真话。今天随手翻开了2015年夏天的英语《路灯》,也觉得非常好。开头有西川说北京潘家园古玩市场的长诗,特别喜欢,我觉得翻译得非常棒。然后有冯唐的科幻故事。未来世界各方面都控制得很严,无论什么国家地区都是,最后变成世界只有一个政权。不过在宗教和医学方面有一些问题,把大家每个人都统一化没有超级电脑想象得那么容易。今年我们做了《路灯》德语版科幻专辑,感觉成果也不错。



LEUCHTSPUR 2018: science fiction aus china 路燈:中國科幻

10月 27, 2018



《贍養上帝》 刘慈欣 Liu Cixin: DEN HERRGOTT VERSORGEN, übersetzt von Martina Hasse

《深山疗养院》 郝景芳 Hao Jingfang: GEBIRGSSANATORIUM, übersetzt von Carsten Schäfer

《末日》 韩少功 Han Shaogong: UNTERGANG, übersetzt von Helmut Forster

《丽江的鱼儿们》 陈楸帆 Chen Qiufan: DIE FISCHE VON LIJIANG, übersetzt von Maja Linnemann

《影族》 残雪 Can Xue: SCHATTENVOLK, übersetzt von Martin Winter

《养蜂人》 王晋康 Wang Jinkang: DER IMKER, übersetzt von Marc Hermann

《草原动物园》 马伯庸 Ma Boyong: STEPPENZOO, übersetzt von Frank Meinshausen

《萤火虫之墓》 程婧波 Cheng Jingbo: GLÜHWÜRMCHENGRAB, übersetzt von Cornelia Travnicek

《热岛》 夏笳 Xia Jia: HEISSE INSEL, übersetzt von Julia Buddeberg




韓東 詩歌 Han Dong: GEDICHTE übersetzt von Marc Hermann

沈浩波 詩歌 Shen Haobo: GEDICHTE übersetzt von Martin Winter

唐欣 詩歌 Tang Xin: GEDICHTE übersetzt von Martin Winter

erhältlich ab November 2018 in den Konfuzius-Instituten von Wien, Bremen und Frankfurt sowie bei
unter “andere lieferbare Bücher”.







7月 29, 2018


(u.a. für den Österreichischen Bundespräsidenten Alexander van der Bellen)




alle menschen sind f
alle menschen sind ff
alle menschen sind fff
alle menschen sind fffr
alle menschen sind fffrr
alle menschen sind fffrrr



als vogel,

als wild.

alle haben dieselben würdenträger
und die gleichen rechten
von geburt an. nicht wahr?

alle sind mit vernunft begabt
und mit gewissen,
außer dem innenminister.

sie sollen einander begegnen
in brüderlichkeit. ach ja. 1948.
nach dem krieg
nach der shoah
auch zwei chinesen waren dabei.

muss man die menschenrechte erklären?
muss man oder frau die menschen erklären?
wahrscheinlich schon immer in jeder familie
in jedem dorf oder haushalt
jeder und jedem
an jedem sonn-und feiertag,
an jedem werktag.


und so weiter in alle ewigkeit amen.

MW Juli 2018




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