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NACHRICHTEN 奥地利新聞廣播

一月 18, 2017

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NACHRICHTEN

in niederösterreich
tritt ein landesfürst
wie hat er sich nur so lange gehalten?
am eigenen zopf
an der eigenen glatze?
ein berlusconi-mann
wird martin schulz
also eu-parlamentspräsident
oder so etwas
sicher recht gut für die eu-skepsis
nigeria bombardiert versehentlich
ein flüchtlingslager
obama begnadigt
chelsea bradley manning
in seinen letzten tagen als präsident
wenigstens etwas

MW Januar 2017

 

 

SONDERANGEBOT

wählt van der bellen!
oder doch
fahnder kläffen?
die sonderangebote
sind überzeugend

MW Januar 2017

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Liebe Freunde,

Hoffe, es geht Euch gut. Wir vermissen Beijing und China. Maia wird im September 14. Gestern hat sie mein chinesisches Handy genommen und ein Lied immer wieder laut gespielt. Dann bin ich nach Hause gekommen, und wir haben einen Film auf Chinesisch gesehen. Leo war zuerst irritiert, dann hat es ihm auch gefallen. Er ist 11. Hat noch immer Sprechprobleme. Unsere alten DVDs haben Kratzer. Aber nach wie vor ist der Fernseher nicht angeschlossen, nur zum DVD-abspielen. Unsere Wohnung beim neuen Hauptbahnhof ist schön und angenehm. Wir haben auch Freunde im Haus. Aber wir sind eher am Rand. Österreich ist ein reiches, relativ sicheres Land. Aber politisch fühlt es sich ebenso unsicher an wie China. Anders natürlich, weil ich Österreicher bin. Aber nicht besser. Jackie ist Amerikanerin. Sie ist in Wien geboren. Ihre Oma ist aus Niederösterreich. Ausgewandert nach Holland. Interniert in Djakarta. Überlebt, dann Jackies Mutter geboren. Jackies Vater kommt aus Riga. Im Krieg geflüchtet. Später als Soldat zurück nach Europa. Wie gesagt, uns geht es gut. Österreich ist in Gefahr. Ich übersetze und schreibe. Heuer kommen zwei Bücher heraus.

Juni 2016

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HAPPY 2017! 祝大家2017年好!

十二月 28, 2016

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HAPPY 2017!

2016 was actually not bad.
We won Van der Bellen.
It was a long match.
The referee made it last the whole year.
We stayed in our league.
Which regional league is that exactly?
There are so many, aren’t there?
They lost some big matches in other leagues.
There’ll be all sorts of fall-out all over.
Anyway, we won.
Happy New Year!

MW December 2016

 

祝大家2017年好!

2016年其實不那麽糟糕。
我们赢了總統大選
總共打了一年,
一直拖延因為裁判的决定,
最後留在原来的级别。
到底什麽地區的级别?
在其他地區
别人輸了他們的比赛,
到處都會有影響。
不過我們赢了!
從奥地利祝新年好!

2016.12.31

cam01271 cam01272 cam01273New books out from FabrikTransit: www.fabriktransit.net

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New Reading on January 17!
Lesung von Martin Winter
維馬丁朗誦會

DI, 17. Jänner 2017, 18 Uhr
PEN-Club, Bankgasse 8, 1010 Wien
Siehe http://www.fabriktransit.net/index.php/events/97-martin-winter-im-pen-club und

http://penclub.at/termine/

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STRONGMAN

十一月 10, 2016

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STRONGMAN

strongman, he is not a bird
strongman, he is not a plane
what is strongman all about?
strongman makes it strong for you
strongman, he makes all the shots
strongman, he makes all the drinks
strongman, he makes every sauce

strongman, chairman get along

strongman makes you extra strong
makes you swallow his strongsong
don’t tell me you didn’t know

MW November 2016

NOBLE POEM

十月 23, 2016
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NOBLE POEM

wish I could write a noble poem
a prized noble poem
a swedish prized noble poem
a norwegian prized noble poem
pricey and noble
like norwegian beer
everything becomes pricey and noble
unless global warming
comes fast enough

MW October 2016

 

last week the brazilian author ricardo domeneck wrote a noble commentary on Facebook that actually sounds a little dylanesque, partly. masters of war, yes. dynamite. 伊沙 has a great little nobel dynamite poem. from 1992. 今年的文学諾貝爾得主有一首 Masters of War,我有一首 “X&Y”, 伊沙翻譯成《一搭一挡》。講尼克松和他的外交部长、大陸前领導和他的首相等等。墙上還有“毛”字,因為伊沙1991年一首小詩。 we had a reading here in vienna on Oct. 15 in our new housing close to the new central train station. we have a library downstairs. run by people from our house, we are there often. open to other houses, gudrun and peter built a stage, and we have theatre. and we had a bob dylan night a few months ago. masters of war is a little like my poem X&Y. x was cruel/ butt is sore/ y was able/ and suave./ both loved culture/ both destroyed/ hundred million/ butts are cold. written march 2007 in beijing. yes, nixon and kissinger, mao and zhou, maybe there is a pair like that in brazil? only six or seven swedes in over 100 years of a great swedish prize for literature is actually not very much, is it? wonder if ricardo brazil/domeneck/africa ever read tomas tranströmer. oh well. pity this busy monster manunkind/ not. progress is a comfortable disease:/ your victim (death and live safely beyond) plays with the bigness of its littleness …[…] pity poor flesh and trees, poor stars and stones, but never this fine specimen …. listen: there’s a hell/ of a good universe next door. let’s go. there must be some way out of here, said the joker to the thief …

yes, the music of jimi hendrix. dylan is honored as tip of the iceberg, should be chuck berry and many others at the same time. preferably african brazilian women. yes, manunkind maybe doesn’t always deserve something poor ricardo doesn’t always get, maybe. pity. oh yes.

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COLOR AND SPACE – 君兒 Jun Er

三月 28, 2015

Please take a look at my previous translations of Jun Er’s poems:以前翻譯了《針織廠》 KNITTING MILL《鼠鈔》 RAT NOTES《海棠花開》 CRABAPPLE BLOSSOMS。Today I have translated five poems – two into English, three into German. 今天翻譯了《懷念》、《色與空》、《啤酒花的來歷》、《給不在世的姐姐算命》、《一天》。別的也很喜歡。《歌鐘》、《體內異端》。。。
都因為碰到《熱愛讓我擁抱了它們的名字》很喜歡,一時不能翻譯,就翻到其他的。。。

color and space

Jun Er
COLOR AND SPACE

my son – I hadn’t thought
the embarrassment I had met with
you would know it all over
our skin for example
we are those mesons
another kind
between black and yellow people
white in africa
dark in asia
what if we feel proud of ourselves?
and why the hell not?

2009
Tr. MW, 2015

one day

Jun Er
ONE DAY

sometimes I admire foreign women
sometimes I shop at taobao.com
sometimes I come home with garbage
sometimes my half soles come out of my shoes

May 2013
Tr. MW, March 2015

Sehnsucht

Jun Er
SEHNSUCHT

lass mich hier im zimmer sitzen
sehnsucht verstehen
sehnsucht nach fremden phänomenen
leuchten zwanzigtausend jahr
in der ferne
in zwanzigtausend stillen jahren
bist du gekommen
bist verflogen
hast mir lauter blüten gemalt
auf meinen sutren
lass andere generationen
riechen und einander finden
om mani padme hum
lass meine gebetsmühlen fliegen

2004
Übers. v. MW, 2015

Hopfen

Jun Er
WOHER KOMMT DAS BIER?

das bier das wir trinken
ist aus gerste gebraut und einem kraut namens hopfen
das kraut hat dornen und viele namen bei uns schlangenhanf
es bringt den geschmack ein bisschen bitter

Übers. v. MW im März 2015

wahrsagen

Jun Er
WAHRSAGEN FÜR MEINE SCHWESTER IM HIMMEL

große schwester
früher hab ich bücher verwendet
jetzt sitz ich am computer
rechne dein schicksal aus
ein horoskop
für jemanden der nicht mehr auf der welt ist
gibt es etwas absurderes
du hattest 46 punkte
ich 58
wir hatten beide zuwenig
12 punkte unterschied
du besuchst die gelben quellen
ich kleb noch am staub dieser welt
faul. schläfrig. wehr mich…
große schwester
schnee auf dem bildschirm
find dein gesicht, deine stimme nicht mehr
wo du jetzt bist
was ist das für eine welt
braucht man dort auch sechzig punkte
um durchzukommen
wie viele wiedergeburten
haben wir dann zuwenig punkte gemeinsam
in der wievielten komma wievielten
wievielten welt

2012
Übers. v. MW, 2015/3

AFRICAN REFUGEES RESERVE A CHAIR

十月 16, 2013

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Xian Dan
RESERVE A CHAIR

a chair is missing
in the self-study classroom
this is not a big deal
every classroom has many chairs
they all look the same
if a few people die in africa
you would think it’s nothing special
because to you
they all look the same
but this missing chair
is right next to my seat
this time it’s ok
every day once I don’t look
my chair will get moved
I have to stick
a tag on my chair
otherwise
what can I do
next day I can’t find my chair
just like at night african migrants can’t find their comrades

Tr. MW, Oct. 2013

鲜丹

自习室少了
一把椅子
其实是一件很小的事情
自习室有那么多把椅子
长得都一样
如果非洲死了几个人
你肯定有觉得没什么
因为你觉得
他们长得也都一样
可是少的这把椅子
就在我座位旁边
这下可好啦
每天我一不注意
我的椅子就被搬到旁边去了
我只能在我的椅子上
也贴了一张纸条
不然
我能怎么办呢
白天我找不到丢了的椅子
正如晚上非洲难民找不到失踪的伙伴

Xian Dan
RESERVIERT

im klassenraum zum selbststudium
fehlt ein stuhl
das ist gar keine große sache
im klassenraum gibt es so viele stühle
alle sehen gleich aus
sterben in afrika ein paar menschen
regst dich das auch nicht besonders auf
du denkst dir
die sehen auch alle gleich aus
aber der fehlende stuhl
ist gleich neben meinem platz
diesmal ist es gut ausgegangen
jeden tag wenn ich nicht aufpasse
wird mein sitz verschoben
also muss ich auf meinem stuhl
einen zettel anbringen
oder was
soll ich machen?
untertags suche ich vergebens meinen sitz
wie in der nacht afrikanische flüchtlinge ihre kameraden

Übersetzt von MW im Okt. 2013

TIME TO SAY NO!

三月 8, 2013

No

Time To Say No! is an initiative inspired by Malala Yousafzai. There is a presentation in Brazil today. Yesterday there was a press conference and poetry reading in Vienna, organized by Austrian PEN. Time to Say No! is about rights. Education and dignity, which means not to be violated, are basic rights of all human beings. We heard female writers from Kenya, Sudan, Iran, India, Bulgaria, a wonderful male voice from former Yugoslavia, Austrian voices: Philo Ikonya, Ishraga Hamid, Sarita Jemanani, Boško Tomašević, Dorothea Nürnberg…. And two poems from China. The first one was “YOUR RED LIPS, A WORDLESS HOLE你空洞無聲的欲言紅唇 by Sheng Xue 盛雪, English translation by Maiping Chen and Brenda Vellino, German translation by Angelika Burgsteiner. The second poem from China was Lily’s Story 丽丽传 by Zhao Siyun 赵思云. The book Time To Say No, edited by Philo Inkonya and Helmuth Niederle, also contains poems by Ana Schoretits, Chantelle Tiong 张依蘋, Hong Ying 虹影, Reet Kudu, Wu Runsheng 吴润生  and many, many others.

Libya & Other Countries

二月 22, 2011

As rich European countries go, maybe Austria is just as bad as Italy or France. Only smaller, more provincial. Newest anti-foreigner laws package passed on Tuesday, Feb. 22nd, 2011. The protesters in Egypt didn’t really look to America or Western Europe, but to protest experiences in Serbia and such. At least that’s what I remember from reports in the NY Times, among others. A Chinese friend told me he was watching the Arab protests very much,while he was in Europe, because the pictures from Egypt reminded him of Beijing in 1989.

China has had too many so-called revolutions under Mao and a big failure with protests for civil rights and democracy in 1989. But there are many protests in China all the time. Labor unrest, land seizures, health hazards etc.. There may also be a big craving for stability, hence the hesitation to participate in larger protests. The op-ed in the NYT (IHT) by Daniel Bell, designated Western politics professor in Tianjin, was very academic. Or very wishy-washy. Civil rights are universal. No, China’s not so special. Reporters know, especially when they go to see the blind Women’s rights activist lawyer in Shandong and get waylay-ed and beaten. No, nobody cares about supposed academic discussions on why democracy might not work. Yes, people try to lead a good life, individually, for their family, and sometimes they notice the limits, and try to work around them, and many do talk about it. Sorry for the rambling. As I said, rich countries are no beacons. Maybe I am more politics-sensitive than before, since we moved back to Austria from China, after 10 years in Beijing and a few more in other cities. Roger Cohen is right, the EU doesn’t look very good at all these days.

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Egypt and China

二月 3, 2011

A sign in Cairo

Chinese sign in Cairo

Any discussion on forbidden topics is worthwhile. And this topic seems to be at least semi-forbidden on websites easily accessible in China. Social unrest is widespread and continues to grow. China is built on denial. Not on the Nile. There is no river in Beijing. I wonder if there has been any precipitation by now since fall. It was pretty bad in 2000, I remember. They dug huge canals all the way from around Nanjing and Wuhan to bring water for Beijing and Tianjin. Imagine a new canal dug through a city center, 100 meter down. That’s what I saw somewhere in Henan in 2007 or so. Maybe most people don’t take part in uprisings yet. As anywhere, people are concerned with their family and their livelihood. Not with the government. Unless something bad enough happens, you don’t need to take action. Maybe you’ll discuss something, like Premier Wen visiting the Beijing Petition Bureau. They do seem to feel the need to address some problems publicly, and not only through suppression. They continue to suppress many words, such as eleven or civil society. Actually I’m not sure if eleven is still sensitive, but it wouldn’t surprise me, since a certain dissident who was sentenced to eleven years on Dec. 25, 2009, got a lot of publicity lately. Any comparison of China with countries in volatile situations is worthwhile. It’s important not to end up in the Nile, or in denial. That’s a nice little joke I heard from our friend Liam, very nice if you’re far away, I guess. To a very large extent, China is built on denial. The same could be said about other societies, like Austria. But maybe at least there is less denial now than 30 or 40 or 50 years ago. In Austria, maybe. It’s a dialectical process, maybe. There is still a lot of denial. But in China denial is at the base of the system. In private talk, if you’re a friend, people will tell you what they went through in the 1950s, -60s, -70s and so on, or what they are doing now, even if it’s against official policy. But is there enough public discussion of past and present grievances and problems? This is already very close to the question Adam (see below) has put in his post. Adam is right, saying that China is very special and very stable and so on often gets very obnoxious. I am very wary of any big-time supportive international collaboration with institutions in China. Just look at what happened at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2009. The organizers cooperated with China’s GAPP, the general administration of pressure and prodding to toe the government line in publishing. The Ministry of Truth. Maybe they had to, to stage a China-themed fair. And the ensuing scandal was good, except for a few officials. Any kind of discussion is good, any kind of publicity, if there is a lot of denial. I wonder if the Robert Bosch trust fund and other Western sources of funding for cooperation with China learned anything. In December there was a discussion in Germany and Austria, after an article in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung suggested that Chinese Studies institutions staid away from the topic of the Nobel Peace Prize award for a Chinese dissident. Maybe some of them do, if the people in charge are too closely affiliated with the Confucius Institutes situated right inside the Chinese Studies department, as it is usually the case now. In Vienna, this wasn’t a problem. There was a big discussion on January 11 at the Sinology department of the East Asian Institute, one of the most engaged and open events at Vienna University in a while, probably. Bei Ling, author of the Liu Xiaobo biography was there, reading and talking to an enthusiastic crowd, in a very interesting discussion about the roles of intellectuals and public institutions. Professor Weigelin was fully in her element. Prof. Findeisen and Dr. Wemheuer contributed important points on literature and society. Who would have thought that in January, people around the world would spontaneously think of 1989? At least for me it feels like back then, very sudden change sweeping through several countries. So of course there are many comparisons. It is nice to live in exciting times, and important not to end up in the Nile. May they have peace and better times in Egypt soon!

Shanghai Scrap (2/1/11):

Comparing Egypt and China ­ wrong questions, meaningless answers

Sign in Arabic and Chinese

From Language Log


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