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Heil Putain!

Lorna Scott Fox: Lydie Salvayre, 26 January 2006

The Company of Ghosts 
by Lydie Salvayre, translated by Christopher Woodall.
Dalkey Archive, 184 pp., £7.99, January 2006, 1 56478 350 2
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... me, libibi– libidinously. Then came our Maréchal.’ The swearing is a bit of a poser for Christopher Woodall’s American English translation. Standard English, unlike standard French, is poor in tasty bad language. ‘Salaud’ is so much more melodious than ‘bastard’; ‘Mais tu vas la fermer, bordel de cul?’ so much richer than ‘Are ...

The Yellow and the Black

Tobias Jones: Fiction and reality in Italian noir, 20 May 2004

The Colombian Mule 
by Massimo Carlotto, translated by Christopher Woodall.
Orion, 156 pp., £9.99, December 2003, 0 7528 5733 9
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The Shape of Water 
by Andrea Camilleri, translated by Stephen Sartarelli.
Picador, 249 pp., £6.99, February 2004, 0 330 49286 1
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The Terracotta Dog 
by Andrea Camilleri, translated by Stephen Sartarelli.
Picador, 343 pp., £15.99, February 2004, 9780330492904
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Almost Blue 
by Carlo Lucarelli, translated by Oonagh Stransky.
Harvill, 169 pp., £9.99, August 2003, 9781843430865
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The Advocate: A Sardinian Mystery 
by Marcello Fois, translated by Patrick Creagh.
Vintage, 128 pp., £6.99, June 2004, 0 09 945374 6
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... In Padua, on 20 January 1976, a young girl called Margherita Magello was repeatedly stabbed and left for dead. She was discovered by Massimo Carlotto, a 19-year-old student radical and member of Lotta Continua, who tried to save her, and, in doing so, got covered in her blood. She died, he was arrested and, a pawn in the struggle between Lotta Continua and the police, was tried for her murder ...

Mirabilia

Margaret Visser, 31 October 1996

The Land of Hunger 
by Piero Camporesi, translated by Tania Croft-Murray and Claire Foley.
Polity, 223 pp., £39.50, December 1995, 0 7456 0888 4
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Exotic Brew: The Art of Living in the Age of Enlightenment 
by Piero Camporesi, translated by Christopher Woodall.
Polity, 193 pp., £29.50, July 1994, 0 7456 0877 9
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The Magic Harvest: Food, Folklore and Society 
by Piero Camporesi, translated by Joan Krakover Hall.
Polity, 253 pp., £39.50, October 1993, 0 7456 0835 3
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... Reading this plethora of recent translations of Piero Camporesi’s work is rather like getting a book out of a library and being forced to read only the passages heavily underlined by a previous borrower, together with all the angry or thrilled exclamations peppering the margins. Camporesi is professor of Italian literature at the University of Bologna ...

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