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21 May 2010

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Thank you for this. I had completely missed the Competition for the Most Beautiful word in German... One of my favourites is "Mutterseelenallein" - it's meaning is clear, and it is fairly hard to translate (I would say "utterly lost and alone" to get near the German meaning), but how the soul(s) of a mother and loneliness are connected: that is almost like a koan to me.

Also, it was nice to hear about he news of Patricia Tiney's publication - I haven't yet seen her translation of Fontane, but I also envy people who can do these brave literary/poetic translations.

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