translation of the notebook part of the review
Thread poster: Marijke Mayer

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Apr 14, 2002

Thanks to Evert and Aurora, maybe I can help to unravel the secret by translating part of the review. I thought the small part of the bilingual texts I typed was eminently understandable en enjoyable. But remember it took Joyce 17 years to write this book! So don\'t be surprised if it would take some time to understand it. I think that in addition to the now translated Dutch, it helps to be a Continental European who understands several languages.

Second sentence of the sample:

I know by heart the places he like to saale, deddurty devil!

Ik kan de plekken waar hij goorloopt wel dromen, den dommelse does!

to saale is not an English verb it does look like to soil, but I believe borrowed from the French here. I also like the way the translators were able to repeat the alliteration in the staccato of \'d\'s.


In writing his books, James Joyce did not work according to a pre-arranged masterplan, but built up his texts from his notes. He put these notes together from a enormous number of wide-ranging sources: hundreds of books, pamphelts, newspaper and magazine articles. Joyce scribbled in small notebooks and ran red stripes through the notes once he had used these for a particular purpose. Some of these surviving notebooks are now published by a team of specialists. The publisher is Brepols in Turnhout (Belgium?) in co-operation with The Poetry/Rare Books Collection, SUNY in Buffalo (USA?), Stephen James Joyce the James Joyce heirs. In the different components originals are reporduced, texts are transcribed, and all notes are commented on. In addition all Joyce\'s text sources are indicated in this publication. In this way, not only can the notebooks aid in interpreting Joyce\'s texts, but they also offer considerable insight in the writing process.

V. Deane, D. Ferrer, G. Lernout (eds.): The Finnegans Wake Notebooks. 70 dollars a piece. 6 parts for 378 dollars.


It sounds like I\'m selling this, believe me, I\'m not. I\'m merely trying to indicate how his work was structured.


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