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Yeah, that was cool

Harry Strawson: ‘Rave’, 1 April 2021

by Rainald Goetz, translated by Adrian NathanWest.
Fitzcarraldo, 263 pp., £12.99, July 2020, 978 1 913097 19 6
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... not too squeamish.) The same year, he published his first novel, Insane (also translated by Adrian NathanWest), about an idealistic psychiatrist named Wilhelm Raspe who spends his days in a Bavarian psychiatric ward and his nights pogoing desperately in beer-soaked punk bars (‘he wanted to party to ...

Quantum Influencers

Adam Mars-Jones, 7 April 2022

When We Cease to Understand the World 
by Benjamin Labatut, translated by Adrian NathanWest.
Pushkin, 192 pp., £8.99, May 2021, 978 1 78227 614 2
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... of Home Safety.’ Plastic straps seem unlikely for this period, though this may be a fault of Adrian NathanWest’s translation. He could certainly have done better with the ‘Ministry of Home Safety’. Such an institution would presumably concern itself with such things as electrical insulation and the ...

Something that Wasn’t There

Lili Owen Rowlands: Daddy Lacan, 20 June 2019

A Father: Puzzle 
by Sibylle Lacan, translated by Adrian NathanWest.
MIT, 92 pp., £20, July 2019, 978 0 262 03931 4
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... In​ 1949, when Sibylle Lacan and her older brother, Thibaut, were around nine and ten, Thibaut remembers travelling home from a visit to the Jardin d’Acclimatation in the Bois de Boulogne and seeing a car stop at a crossing. The children recognised the driver as their father, Jacques Lacan; they ran towards him, calling out. He caught sight of them, then started up the engine and drove away ...

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