|English term or phrase: to sound very Posy Simmonds|
|Privet, profi! I`m translating "Poor Souls" by Joseph Connoly (maybe someone knows him?) and now I come across the following: "you sound very Posy Simmonds". P. Simmonds is a prominent comic-writer and was published in the Guardian in the 70's. I`ll give the whole paragraph and if anyone has ideas about what connotations could this lady|
have, please share them. In fact, I`m not so much interested in the translation, but in what in the wide world this could mean :-) Here`s the extract:
...They talked about the British Home Stores lighting department at parties, as if it brought them together, and also as a counter to others singing the praises of St Michael apples and knickers and pies. Susan was usually the first to check it, covering her nose with her hand, saying they were sounding very Posy Simmonds, and they had better shut up now. This usually worked, as most people would laugh for reasons of teir own, someone showing off and saying Grauniad. And anyway, Susan asked herself frankly, who had the time these days for papers? .......
And then, any ideas about rendering Grauniad in Russian? (it`s a jocular name for the Guardian, notorious for it`s typos).
|Russian translation:(a very English) fun-poking stab at the British middle-class|
I know not one single word of Russian but your question rang a few home bells or two. Mixed metaphors I know. She trained in painting and graphic design and in addition to various publications, she became widely known when she started contributing to the Guardian. Her style is basically (a very English) fun-poking stab at the British middle-class. You should be able to find lots of current info on her in fact as she has just had a new book published.
Here are three samples of what I found on her from a search on GOOGLE.COM
Posy Simmonds began to contribute a weekly satirical comic strip "The Silent Three" to the Guardian newspaper in 1977, some of which have been collected into book–form. She has illustrated a wide–range of books and magazine and newspaper articles. Mrs. Weber's Diary, written and illustrated by her, was published in 1979.
2 – Review of a her latest book. Goes back just a month or two.
Pick of the week
Nicholas Lezard hails a tour de force of bilingual graphic fiction in the form of Posy Simmonds' Gemma Bovery
Saturday October 7, 2000
Jonathan Cape, Ј8.99
Buy it at BOL
This work needs no explanation or apology to readers of this paper, who felt inconsolably bereft when the strip reached an end over a year ago. (For those of you who have been in prison, or joined us recently from another paper or planet, this was about a couple who move to Normandy to escape the rat-race; the woman has an affair and dies. Buy the book and read it. Let's get on.) In its very early days Gemma Bovery had failed to attract me: thin social comment with literary aspirations, I thought, neither a fully fledged cartoon nor a prose work. Too text-heavy for one, too text-light for the other. And what was all that "Bovery" stuff? Can we try not to rely on the classics?
This attitude lasted for about four days. Not only is a cartoon a cartoon - and therefore, apart from the book reviews, the most enjoyable part of any newspaper - but Posy Simmonds is Posy Simmonds. Like everyone else, I began to marvel at ... well, there is rather a lot to marvel at. Like every single drawing, for a start. From the simplest of lines Simmonds can conjure up a world of nuance and even novelistic insight. I do not exaggerate. Gemma's thought-bubble at the bottom of page 65 told me more than I had ever known about the working of a woman's mind in love. But any drawing of Gemma's face tells its own story with clarity and force. The same applies to her husband, Charlie, whose shifts between dreaminess and irritation are equally well captured. Even the minor characters are treated with equal care; Mme Sannier, for instance, with her pop-eyed, provincial, soignй niceness and cretinous conversation ("la reine Mиre - elle a quelle ge maintenant?") - Simmonds gets everyone bang to rights. Her characters have expressions you could write monographs on even when their eyes are represented by nothing more than dots.
But what makes GB so much more than a work of social satire is the way that her graphic line gives everyone, even the most potentially irredeemable, a chance. At the end of page 71, Delphine, Hervй's girlfriend, moves from being a shallowly drawn little BCBG nonentity and, at the moment she discovers Hervй's infidelity, is allowed to become a true portrait. It shows how Simmonds has the ambiguous tenderness of a true creator: almost taken aback by her own skill, one imagines. There is a definite if restrained relish in the way she moves her characters into situations where they can be drawn so well.
There is more than just drawing going on here, of course. There is pacing - GB moves from illustrated text to straight comic strip and back again - and there is the prose, from the narrative frame of Joubert, the nosy, creepy baker (for whom we feel a strange kind of pity), to Gemma's diaries, and down to the speech-bubbles of all the characters. Simmonds has, in this sense, two kinds of blank paper staring at her every morning, and she should be honoured for filling them so perfectly, with such a combination of daring and what looks like effortlessness. That she has to do two nationalities as well - would she perhaps care to make things more difficult for herself next time? And, please, can there be a next time very, very soon? She is the greatest
3 – Here’s some detailed info about the lady herself
Posy Simmonds Illustrator
The Evening Lecture
Posy Simmonds talks about her work..
Posy studied painting in Paris and graphic design at the Central under Ron Sandford. Her early work appeared mainly in children's readers, and then she started her celebrated visualisations of middle class mores in May 1977 in The Guardian - the life and times of the Weber family, with a regular scrutiny of phenomena induced in post-war education.
She has illustrated texts other than her own, ie Daisy Ashford , The Young Visiters. Her characters are ...(list of characters...]
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