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杜甫

九月 9, 2011

杜甫

絕句四首(選一)

兩個黄鹂鳴翠柳,
一行白鷺上青天。
窗含西岭千秋雪,
門泊東吴万里船。

Du Fu (712-770)
Short impressions (one of four poems, four lines each)

(three)

two orioles calling from willows,
one file of egrets up to the blue.
ranges of snow caught from my window,
docked at our gate is a passage to wu.

MW Tr. Sept. 2011

Photo by Angelika Burgsteiner

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八月 22, 2011

August 28:  South China Morning Post Magazine,Bei Ling 貝嶺 on Ai Weiwei 艾未未

Ai Weiwei SCMP cover

Ai1

Ai2

Ai3

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最近在德语报刊发表的翻译 (唐诗、顏峻、艾未未)

August 13: Du Fu,Auf der Yueyang-Pagode


登岳阳楼

杜甫

昔闻洞庭水,今上岳阳楼。

吴楚东南坼,乾坤日夜浮。

亲朋无一字,老病有孤舟。

戎马关山北,凭轩涕泗流。

MW  Übersetzt im August 2008

See also  du, brief etc.

July: Bai Juyi, gras

Neue Zürcher Zeitung Mittwoch, 20. Juli 2011

(赋得古原草送别)
白居易

离离原上草,一岁一枯荣。
野火烧不尽,春风吹又生。
远芳侵古道,晴翠接荒城。
又送王孙去,萋萋满别情。

MW Übersetzt im  September 2008

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the streets around our house in this old part of vienna have grass growing in the pavement between the cobbles. the grass is there, even though the cars drive on it every day. there was a lot of rain lately, so the air is good, you can smell the trees in the park and in the backyards. and there are weeds growing on the sidewalks. my daughter picks up chestnuts and makes them into necklaces and animals, at home and in kindergarten.

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2011年七月德國萊比錫大學中文系雜誌《點墨》發表了顏峻的詩歌

July: Poems by Yan Jun 顏峻, published in Dianmo 12, p.32-33. English versions see Yan Jun’s poetry in translation.

English version see Yan Jun’s poetry in translation

English version see Yan Jun’s poetry in translation

English version see Yan Jun’s poetry in translation

English version see Yan Jun’s poetry in translation

English version see Yan Jun’s poetry in translation

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July: Ai Weiwei 艾未未 Talk to you later 過一會再說 (incl. English version)

This poem by Ai Weiwei appeared in New York in 1987 in the first number of the Chinese-language magazine 一行 One Line/ Our Group [Yi hang/ Yi xing]
See United Daily News, Taiwan 2011.06.07

German Version (Die Zeit, July 7th, 2011)

德国《明镜周刊》披露艾未未被捕八十一天情况

The City: Beijing

Ai Weiwei speaks out – The Daily Beast, August 28, 2011. For context: China Takes Aim at Rural Influx -NY Times

81 Tage Haft – Der Spiegel 32/2011

Ein Besuch bei Ai Weiwei: Der Künstler und sein Blog-Buch (Basler Zeitung Di., 27. Juli 2011)

Diary 2011-07

七月 30, 2011

Sorry, didn’t write a lot these days. We have been staying in China four weeks now, and we’re going back to Austria soon.

Right. And now we’re back in Vienna, Maia and I. Kids are ok. Adults adapt much more slowly, as usual. 在北京有朋友写标题…走死呼看擾它蓋特昂嘖蠢,普利斯維特佛按納嘖蠢 … 是地铁5号线的蹩脚英语广播“those can not get on the train, please wait for another train”. 写完以后温州动车就撞车了。更有时政讽刺意味。

晚上好

七月 25, 2011

evening

much is fondling, much is wine
much is light and much is darkness
sometimes there can be reflection
sometimes you can see a star
sometimes you can rent a terrace
sometimes you can watch the moon
every day there is a morning
every time you see the birds
every time the rain comes pounding
every time you see the door
door you’re passing years and years
there is light and there is shadow
there are details in reflection
there are flowers, there’s the moon.

MW July 2011

unser land

七月 18, 2011

land

unser land, ein wunderland
unser land, die besten zahlen
unser land, die meisten menschen
unser land, die schoensten schaefchen

unser land, ein schoenes land
unser land, die hoechste bahn
unser land, die laengste schnellste
unser land, ein grosses land

unser land, ein stolzes land
niemand hat uns was zu sagen
sagen alle grossen koepfe
unser land, ein armes land

unser land, ein enges land
rechtsanwaelte sind verschwunden
dissidenten arbeitslager
unser land, ein strenges land

unser land, ein altes land
drachen kinder gelber kaiser
sesambroetchen, hefekloesse
unser land, ein reiches land

unser land, ein wunderland
unser land, die besten zahlen
unser land, die meisten menschen
unser land, der goldne mond

MW    Juli 2011

Ai Weiwei News

六月 26, 2011
Liebe Freunde,
Ai Weiwei_Martin Winter
(Basler Zeitung Di., 27. Juli 2011)
Ai Weiweis Gedicht "Wir sprechen uns später" ist in der aktuellen Ausgabe der Zeit (7.-14. Juli). Kam am Donnerstag
heraus, nach China kommt die aktuelle Ausgabe immer erst am Montag, wenn sie kommt. Dann kostet sie 120 Volkstaler,
dreimal so viel wie in Deutschland. Die Übersetzung ist von Angelika Burgsteiner und mir. In den Tagen nach Ai Weiweis
Freilassung war dazu ein Artikel von Bei Ling, den ich übersetzt habe, in der FAZ, in der Presse und auf derstandard.at.
Das Gedicht erschien 1987 in der von Yan Li herausgegebenen chinesischsprachigen Zeitschrift Yi Hang (oder Yi Xing, d.h.
Eine Zeile/ Eine Gruppe) in New York. Ai Weiwei erinnert sich an das Gedicht, weil es das einzige ist, das er je geschrieben
hat, sagt er.
Zeit_2011_7.Juli_AiWeiwei
Wir haben Ai Weiwei am Freitag in der Früh besucht. Er wirkte noch ziemlich mitgenommen. Ich bekam den Eindruck, er wurde
eher zu von der Staatssicherheit vermuteten politischen Hintergründen von alten Fotos aus New York befragt als zu steuerlichen
Vorwürfen gegen ihn. Aber wir haben nicht viel gefragt. Für die Aktionen zu seiner Unterstützung war er sehr dankbar, obwohl
er bei manchen Sachen auch etwas skeptisch ist. Die aktuelle Ausstellung in Winterthur kommt bald nach Graz, und die Sache in
Bregenz fängt auch in diesem Monat an. Aber er kann ja leider nirgends selbst hinfahren. Manche Projekte, die er vorher begonnen
hat, scheinen ihm jetzt fast fremd geworden zu sein. Er möchte gerne gastfreundlich sein und frei reden wir früher. Aber wie er
selbst sagt, jetzt geht es ihm eben wie vielen anderen, und eher wie vielen gewöhnlichen Leuten, die auch nicht zuviel
den Mund aufmachen dürfen. Als Wegzehrung für den Rückweg haben wir ein paar Sonnenblumenkerne mitbekommen.
Herzliche Grüße, mw
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2011/07/liao-yiwu-leaves-china.html

Silence of the dissidents
The Ancient Roots of Chinese Liberalism 
台灣自由時報副刊全版刊〈草泥馬時代的艾未未〉文,照竟也全刊出了 
Yan Li's Chinese magazine in New York, 1987

The source for Ai Weiwei’s poem

严力:说说艾未未(之二) (2011.5)

严  力:说说艾未未(之三)

严力:说说艾未未(之四)

Hu Jia released after years in Chinese prison 

@faz_net Weit hinter der chinesischen Firewall http://t.co/LIbIuTv 貝嶺 Bei Ling (June 25). http://derstandard.at/1308679661187/Die-Freilassung-Ai-Weiweis-Ai-Weiweis-Zukunft Ai Weiwei mit Maulkorb: Wie lange wird er das aushalten? Der Aktionskünstler ist wieder auf freiem Fuß, aber unter scharfen Auflagen: Gibt es echte Freiheit für ihn nur um den Preis des Exils?

中文刊於6月24日台灣蘋果日報

英譯刊於6月25日台北時報(Taipei Times): What will be the price of Ai Weiwei’s freedom? By Bei Ling 貝嶺

Berliners for Ai Weiwei (He lost a lot of weight in prison, so he might as well have some!)

See also Berlin’s Tagesspiegel from June 23rd  柏林《每日鏡報》6月24日文化版

Objective

六月 13, 2011

According to Xinhua and Global Times, the newly published second volume of “History of the Chinese Communist Party” (1949-1978) is “seen as objective”.  So what’s the objective of this book? What are the objectives of this new “objective” party history? Was it written by party members? Does anyone among them, or among the people who planned, published, and distributed this book, think the PRC should evolve into something different from a one-party dictatorship/autocracy? (I find it hard to believe that many non-party members would use their own money to buy such a book. Or is it really that different? Why was it published, then?) Which major bookstores have had their sales rankings dominated by this book? Ok, the main objective seems to be seen as objective. “Experts say that objectivity, a founding principle of the CPC, was virtually banished during the late 1950s and 1960s, when “extreme leftist” thought dominated the governing ideology of the Party.” Founding principle? There must be some historians who can answer this question. Anyway, they still write their party with a capital P.

http://www.tinkin.com/arts/the-travelogue-of-dr-brain-damages/
http://www.tinkin.com/arts/the-travelogue-of-dr-brain-damages/

In Taiwan, there seems to have been pressure for change in the late 1970s and early 1980s. China was changing. Taiwan was and is still called Republic of China, but in the 1970s they lost their UN-Security Council seat to the
PRC. Because of that ping-pong tournament between Nixon, Zhou Enlai, Mao and Kissinger, or something like that. Yes, sports events have always been very important. So there was pressure on Taiwan to open up politically, to democratize. They couldn’t just go on calling themselves The Free China team. No-one was ever going to help them liberate the Mainland anyway. So the Chiang Ching-kuo administration eventually lifted martial law in 1987, and allowed real opposition. A real opposition party. In 1988 or 1989, you still had to be a Party member (GMD/KMT) to get into certain positions in Taiwan. In 1988 or 1989, even very liberal Party members still said that in 1947, maybe 200 people might have been killed after the February 28th incident, but it was an armed uprising anyway. In 1991, President Li Denghui publicly admitted that probably more than 20.000 people had been killed in 1947 by government forces, and apologized to surviving relatives.

Going back to China: If there is any real discussion about The Great Leap Forward famine, in conjunction with all the other campaigns, including the anti-rightist “movement” and the ones before and after, including the CR,
wouldn’t that mean one-party autocracy would have to be abandoned at some time? In 2011, we’re having 90 years of CCP, in addition to 45 years after 1966, the beginning of the CR. In 2009, we’ve had The Founding of a Republic (1949), and in addition 1959 (famine), 1969 (CR), 1979 and 1989 (In 1979, economic reform was ushered in under Deng Xiaoping, who prevailed over Hua Guofeng in the late 1970s, although Hua had been appointed by Mao. Does that mean Hua and Mao were part of the “‘extreme leftist’ thought [that] dominated the governing ideology of the Party” […] “during the late 1950s and 1960s”?).

The student demonstrators in 1989 explicitly stated in slogans on banners etc. that they supported the CCP. Even after they were called counter-revolutionaries in the The People’s Daily. (See the article by Su Yang 蘇陽 in the HK Xin Bao). But because protest leaders emphasized loyalty to the state, three peasants who hurled red paint at the Mao portrait at Tian’anmen were apprehended by the students and handed over to Public Security. They were from Hunan, where Mao came from. They got 17-20 years. After the massacre of June 3rd and June 4th in the streets of Beijing, who would still think that political reform would be possible under the Party?

“Objectivity” sounds rather like the 1980s. Objectivity and political reform, or at least pressure for political reform are interdependent. Any kind of national and international pressure, especially the latter. “Chinese
Communist Party seen as objective in writing its history” – doesn’t that sound like “Vatican seen as objective in writing its history”? Yan Lianke cannot publish his latest novel Four Books in mainland China, because it’s about the Great Leap Forward famine. Opposition party founder Liu Xianbin has been sentenced to another 10 years in March. He has been sentenced to 26 years since 1989. There are a few other people like him. They are not as famous as Liu Xiaobo and Ai Weiwei. And there are people in detention or in labor camps for political reasons who are not intellectuals or dissidents. Like Ai Weiwei’s cook and his driver. Anyway, would anyone call the present political and social climate in China hopeful? So what are the objectives?


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