Posts Tagged ‘propaganda’

EIFFEL TOWER

八月 15, 2017


EIFFEL TOWER

Going up the Eiffel tower
means walking up all the way
to the second platform
if you don’t have a ticket beforehand
and want to wait in the shortest line
at the south tier, which still takes an hour.
That is after you stood in line
and went through security
to get onto the square under the tower.
So the line takes an hour at least.
Then it costs 7 Euro per adult, 5 if you’re under 19,
3 under 10. That’s for walking up.
And we had walked all the way from the Louvre.
Through the Tuileries, took a left at the Obelisk
to get over the Seine. The Orangerie museum
looks interesting. We had already seen sculptures
by Germaine Richier and others in the Tuileries park.
I remember a sculpture by her in Bilbao at the art museum.
Would have loved to get a closer look in the Tuileries,
but they don’t let you walk on the grass. Weird sculptures,
not at all like the one in Bilbao. We had of course seen the Venus of Milo
and the winged Nike of Samothrake. No, those aren’t cereals.
And a hermaphrodite, son of Hermes and Aphrodite,
merged with a Nymph by Zeus at her urgent request.
Yes, male and female organs. Many, many Aphrodites,
many clothed, actually. Artemis, Pallas,
and all the men. Marsyas, soon to be flayed.
Not to speak of the paintings. Or the old Egypt stuff,
very well organized, shows daily life, work
and many, many details
from 4000 years ago and so on. Better than in Vienna.
Lots of busts and other stuff from Palmyra,
many other places in Syria. Yemen, too.
A whole room from Palmyra.
Anyway, up on the Eiffel tower.
Thousands of people up there at night.
Very special feeling. We had lunched in the park,
there is a place with benches on a little hill
very close to the tower. Yuhuan started sketching,
Including the lamppost in front of us. Everyone else flew
paper planes and ate and drank what was there
from the small supermarket
around the corner. Lunch at seven thirty or eight.
We came home to the hotel at two o’clock in the morning.
Subway at Bir Hakeim, not very close.
But interesting and working late. Some people get in free.
We are content with smuggling in a small child every time.
People ask for centimes when they’re asking for money.
Very polite, actually. Centimes, from the old currency.
Probably means fifty Euro cents now. I think one was asking for less
when I had my hands full this morning with groceries from the bakery
after getting up before noon. No, you don’t really notice
the permanent state of emergency
more than the propaganda for 2024,
for the Olympics. They made a deal with Los Angeles, right?
One comes first, one four years later.
Whatever. Should really eat something now.

MW August 2017

COLD IN HERE – 朵儿

六月 1, 2017

Duo Er
COLD IN HERE

my dad who died
sent a dream
I set things in motion
padded jackets and quilts, air conditioning
then I thought
maybe add a Little Red Book
when I was small
when Papa raised Mao’s Little Red Book
his face was all red

Tr. MW, May 31, 2017

这儿好冷
朵儿

死去的爸爸
托梦给我
我赶紧行动
棉衣棉被空调
最后想想
还是
带一本毛主席语录吧
小时候
每次看见爸爸高举语录
总是满面红光

이곳은 엄청 춥다
타인

돌아가신 아버지께서
나에게 현몽하시어
나는 재빨리 행동을 하였다
솜옷, 솜이불, 에어컨
마지막으로
여전히
「모주석어록」 한 권을 챙겼다
어린 시절
매번 아버지께서 어록을 높이 들고 있을 때마다
얼굴에는 늘 화색이 도는 것을 보았다

(韓)郭美蘭 (美) 文超塵 译

GLOBAL TIMES 什麼意思?

六月 1, 2017

GLOBAL TIMES

什么意思?
环球时代
我们生活在环球时代
我们是谁
从哪里来
到哪里去

什么意思?
环球时报
不是默多克买下的倫敦時報
但有同样的问题

什么意思?
环球时代
我们生活在环球时代
我们是谁
从哪里来
到哪里去

2017

 

 

GLOBAL TIMES

what are global times?
we are living in global times
who are we
where did we come from
where are we going

what is global times?
global times is a paper in china
not owned by murdoch
but all the same

what are global times?
we are living in global times
who are we
where did we come from
where are we going

MW May 31, 2017

 

See also

MCLC: Curious rise of the “white left” as an insult (2)

 

 

 

 

BELEIDIGT – 耿占坤

二月 7, 2017

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Geng Zhankun
BELEIDIGT

sie haben ein altes theater abgerissen
sie haben einen ahnentempel demoliert
sie haben den hof ausradiert, wo der urgroßvater geboren wurde
wo sein urenkel hochzeit halten wollte
sie haben das ganze dorf abgerissen mit dreihundert haushalten
und stammbäumen von 400 jahren
und die alten gräber die keiner mehr kennt
sie wollen ein vergnügungsviertel errichten
sie wollen ein kaufhaus erbauen
und noble wohnhäuser
das kann ich verstehen
was ich nicht verstehe
tut was ihr halt tut
aber dass ihr hier wo das dorf der familie shen war
ein großes schild hinstellt

“slumviertel-umgestaltung”
ihr stößt leute nieder
und spuckt auch noch drauf

Übersetzt von MW im Februar 2017

beleidigt

GREAT

十一月 23, 2016

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GREAT

who made A less than great?
who made A a great monster?
how was A’s reputation ten years ago?
how was the economy in 2008?
who was in power then?
no more questions. we have to work now.
we will make …

MW November 2016

STIMME DER VERNUNFT (1-3)

七月 26, 2016
photo by David Howard

photo by David Howard

STIMME DER VERNUNFT

vernunft ist jetzt ein brauner bodensatz
das recht geht dem volk aus
das war immer schon so
das recht gehört denen die sichs richten können
in allen parteien
wer ist schuld wenn
der braune bodensatz präsident wird
jeder der haider cool fand
helmut zilk
jeder der nachgemacht hat
löschnak cap und so weiter
nicht nur die schwarzen
jeder der inseriert hat
in österreich das gratis aufliegt
im großen schmierblatt
dem unser kanzler sein amt verdankt
als er mit seinem vorgänger
auf einmal arschgeküsst hat
der fischer sagt auch nichts
wär doch schön irgendwie
könnt sich der handke für die republik
gegen die blauen staatsfeinde
so engagieren wie für milosevic
österreich ist ein schlechter witz

MW Mai 2016

photo by David Howard

photo by David Howard

 

STIMME DER VERNUNFT (2)

ist die vernunft
der im parlament
herbeigestimmte notstand
der beiden parteien
für die zehn prozent noch zu viel sind?
die stimme der vernunft ist leise,
hat freud gesagt.
und ich vergess es
auch immer wieder.

MW Mai 2016

 

 

STIMME DER VERNUNFT (3)

es war die stimme des intellekts
die stimme des intellekts ist leise
hat freud gesagt
jedenfalls stimmt es
das dreiste grinsen
auf den plakaten
ist wohl genau das gegenteil
in beiden fällen

die lust am für-blöd-verkaufen
das fahnenschwenken
wer den antifaschistischen konsens
in der verfassung
in frage stellt
gehört ins gefängnis
nicht ins parlament
oder in die hofburg

das kann man nicht laut genug sagen

MW Juli 2016

Photo by David Howard

Photo by David Howard

NEUJAHRSNACHT – 伊沙

二月 28, 2016

Yi Sha Xianglianzi fenxiang

Yi Sha 《大年三十的夜》
NACHT VOR NEUJAHR

ich hab ein schönes lied auf den lippen
hab den text geändert
es ist von der neujahrsnacht
“soviel krach, soviel krach”
ich brenn feuerwerk ab
mein sohn folgt mir nach
die raketen die wir angeschleppt haben
sind etwas zuviel für unseren hof
wir werden höflich ersucht auf die straße zu gehen
vor einem hotel ist noch genug platz
heut nacht ist der himmel erhellt
das ganze land jauchzet und tanzt
als wir fertig sind mit unserm feuerwerk
dreh ich mich um
krieg einen schreck
das hotel ist erleuchtet
mit roten laternen
es gibt sogar einen lebendigen spruch:
ein hockender steinerner löwe
zu seinen füßen ein liegender bettler
und weiße schrift auf rotem grund:
“HARMONISCHE GESELLSCHAFT”

2007
Übersetzt von MW im Februar 2016

 

Yi Sha 《纹心》
INS HERZ GERITZT

auch wenn es
das herz ist das blutet
hört es auf eines tages
die narbe verkrustet
die kruste reißt ab
das jucken das bleibt
weckt den schmerz nicht mehr auf

aber
was eingebrannt ist
ein mal auf dem herzen
deiner generation
unauslöschliches
muttermal für euch alle
oder aber
nur für dich selbst

2008
Übersetzt von MW im Februar 2016

伊沙

《大年三十的夜》

我把一首好听的歌
改了词儿
挂在嘴上
“大年三十的夜啊
这么闹这么闹……”
歌声送我去放炮
儿子是我的小尾巴
我们搬运来的大花炮
超出了小区的限制
被人客气地请到大街上
一家宾馆的门前来放
今夜漫天礼花
恰似歌舞升平的国家
当我放完了所有的炮
猛回头
人惊心
但见宾馆灯火明
大红灯笼高高挂
配之一副活春联:
上联是尊石狮子——蹲着
下联是个老乞丐——卧着
红底白字横批曰:“和谐社会”

(2007)

 

《纹心》

即便是
流在心里的血
也会有止住的一天
那伤疤也会结痂
然后撕去
留下一点微痒
咬不醒疼痛的记忆

可是啊
它毕竟还是像金印一样
烙在了你的心上
那图案似纹心
是你们这代人
不可磨灭的胎记
或者只属于
你自己

(2008)

Murong Xuecun, Yu Hua, Liu Zhenyun and Dan Brown, among others

八月 3, 2012

Click on the image to go to the English version of Murong Xuecun‘s text.

写得很好,我觉得。写得就像说话,谈话。就是演讲,但也像偶尔跟你一块走一段路,跟你分一些心事。

I like Murong Xuecun‘s recent essay (or speech) The Water in Autumn And The Unending Sky very much. He quotes Lu Xun, very aptly. All the quotations are apt, within the text, of course. This kind of essay very easily gets misunderstood as a mere pamphlet. It is a pamphlet. It is meant as a very sharp critique. But just like Lu Xun’s non-fiction pieces, this one is also meant to be read and listened to very carefully.

The Republican era in the decades before 1949 was roundly condemned for its society and government by many writers. Its downfall was expected, and there was so much contempt, in retrospective, that it seemed the new era after 1949 had to be something better, simply because the war and the state of China before had been such disasters. The Chinese writers and commentators of the Late Qing and Republican eras very often understood themselves as patriots, especially in their most acerbic writings. Lu Xun is the most famous example.

I’m not interested in whether Murong Xuecun could write as well or could become as famous as some Republican writers. He is one among many present writers who are publicly critical of the PRC government. Many of the most critical ones are mostly or permanently abroad. I don’t know if Murong Xuecun can continue to live mostly in China. He is certainly more consequent than Han Han, for example. I don’t know what exactly has driven Murong Xuecun to non-fiction. Seems it has been a gradual process.

The present state and the more or less contemporary history of the PRC have been described and inscribed very starkly by many writers ever since the late 1970s, basically by almost everybody in the world of letters, whether or not they still go through the motions of hand-copying Mao’s totalitarian directives in 2012, as some of the most famous have done.

The Republican era was roundly condemned, in fiction and non-fiction. On the other hand, some people see it as an era of freedom, in retrospect. Both could be justified, it seems. Liu Zhenyun, who could be seen as just another member of the establishment and as a non-serious TV- and popular movie-collaborator, is actually very eager to mention the famine of around 1960 in his works. Remember 1942, Liu’s non-fiction story from 1992, has just been filmed. The story is about remembering a local famine that occurred in 1942. It was a terrible year around the globe. The Holocaust in Europe was coming into full swing. War was raging in many places. Total war was going to be proclaimed. 1942 is a year that has received a lot of historical attention. But the context of Chiang Kaishek’s and his government’s decisions about the famine in Henan is not very widely discussed. Liu Zhenyun manages to combine the Republican era and the PRC in a piece of stunning critique of both. The PRC part is mostly implied, but it works. I don’t know how or if this works in the film as well. Anyway the film, wherever it will be shown, will make some people want to dig out the text.

Liu Zhenyun, Murong Xuecun and Yu Hua have something in common in their tone. They are very close to the common people, aside from some stylistic differences. Yu Hua has only recently become well known for his non-fiction, which is not published in the PRC, but available on the internet. Maybe Murong Xuecun will turn to fiction again, and maybe he will continue to live in Mainland China. Doesn’t look like it at the moment, but it seems more feasible than, say, Liao Yiwu returning to China.

Murong Xuecun, Liu Zhenyun and Yu Hua are very conversational in their non-fiction. These pieces are written for popular appeal. They could be seen as very patriotic, in a way. Many very popular works in other languages are patriotic, like Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol. Non-fiction in Chinese won’t become quite as world-famous, but it has come a long way in the last few years.

Murong Xuecun‘s text is a speech held in Hong Kong. There is a lot of classical Chinese at the end, although it is still very clear. The fragile heart sounds very 19th century to a Western reader. To me, at least. But so what? It’s not Wordsworth or Blake or one of the Shelleys, but it’s going in that direction. There have always been many kinds of writing at one particular time.

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


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