Hello, welcome to Bibliomanic, the website of translator and writer Jacob Siefring.
What do I do here? Sometimes I discuss translation, including my own experience of it. Usual fare is some blend of commonplace excerpts, invective, micro-reviews of books I’ve recently read, monthly reading logs, links to my writing & translations elsewhere and so on. More seldom I draw up lists (‘blotto books’ for instance, or canonical works of literary criticism), nitpick on how to translate commas, or discuss the frustrations of trying to break into literary translation. Some photos, god knows what else. Not quite rants.
Here are some authors and books I really like to read and reread:
Paul Metcalf, Edward Dahlberg, Marguerite Young, Pierre Senges, Joseph McElroy, Thomas Nashe, Djuna Barnes, Susan Howe, Michael Kohlhaas, Madame de Lafayette, ‘The Lord Chandos Letter,’ Harold Brodkey, Hugh Kenner, Nathanael West, S.J. Perelman, George W.S. Trow, Donald Barthelme, David Markson’s last four books, A Tomb for Boris Davidovich, Harry Mathews, Michel Butor, Nathalie Sarraute’s The Use of Speech, George Saintsbury’s History of English Prose Rhythm, Galway Kinnell’s The Book of Nightmares. Etc.
I’ve translated writings of Hélène Frédérick, Stéphane Mallarmé, Pierre Senges, Julie Mazierri, and others. The Major Refutation (Contra Mundum, 2016) and Geometry in the Dust (Inside the Castle, 2019), both by Pierre Senges, are among my book-length translations. If you enjoy adventurous and original books, I encourage you to seek them out.
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Fact: The OED gives no entry for bibliomanic, though it does for bibliomane, bibliomania, bibliomaniac, bibliomanian, bibliomaniacal, and bibliomanism. Go figure.