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Kris Lauwerys
A Journey and Two Declarations of Love

In 2006, Lauwerys was commissioned to translate Von Rezzori’s tales into Dutch. Blurring the lines between memoir and fiction even further, Lauwerys has turned his experience of translating the work into a somewhat autobiographical contribution for Radiobooks.

“Translating ‘Memoirs of an Anti-Semite’ drives my self-consciousness to unknown heights, for example, when a sentence finally fits into place. But some days my inadequacy drives me almost over the edge of despair. Why am I doing this to myself? Why couldn’t I just remain a teacher in a university in a provincial town?…

“Why do I translate? Of course, I’ve been reading since my earliest youth. Certainly, I feel at home in that ironic-melancholy literature of old Austria, by Joseph Roth and yourself. Your melancholy-drenched descriptions of Bukovina and Vienna of the 1930s, your humour -  they seem tailor-made for me.

“But perhaps through translation I want to rise above myself, want to force myself to press the maximum out of myself, or I just want to give my life an artistic cachet. In that to and fro of joy and doubt am I not looking for something like the relief that my everyday life seldom offers? A disturbing idea…”

'A Journey and Two Declarations of Love’ by Kris Lauwerys was translated by Michael O’Loughlin. The story is read by David Swatling.

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Kris Lauwerys

Kris Lauwerys (1972) doceert deeltijds Nederlands aan de universiteit van Mons, is redacteur van literair tijdschrift Deus ex Machina en literair vertaler uit het Frans en het Duits.

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