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Sunday, 7 November 2010

Yvonne Studer November 2010

Riddley Walker 30th anniversary special
I'll be dancing not on two weddings today but on two birthdays. One is for one of the most intriguing books of the later 20th century, Russell Hoban's Riddley Walker, which was published exactly 30 years ago.
The other party is for the Zurich James Joyce Foundation, which has just turned 25 and is now fighting for survival. Some of the best known Swiss authors, Adolf Muschg, Iso Camartin and Ruth Schweikert, will read from translations of Joyce's works. And my part will be to contribute to a memory puzzle of what the Foundation was like 25 years ago. I was a student then, and the Foundation was my oasis.

As for Riddley Walker, I'd like to post one of my favourite quotes right here [on Facebook], a quote that has become my Words-To-Live-By:
Its the not sturgling for Power thats where the Power is. Its in jus letting your self be where it is. Its tuning in to the worl its leaving your self behynt and letting your self be where it says in Eusa 5:
... in tu the heart uv the stoan hart uv the dans. Every thing blippin & bleapin & movin in the shiftin uv thay Nos. Sum tyms bytin sum tyms bit.

(ch. 17, p. 191)

Happy Birthday, Riddley Walker, Happy Birthday Zurich James Joyce Foundation. Long may both of you live, places of the heart and the mind!

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