Letters to the Editor: Jun. 2012

The Vienna Review welcomes letters from its readers.

To the Editor

Let me compliment Editor in Chief Dardis McNamee on her translation of the Günter Grass poem “Was gesagt werden muss” [“What Must be Said”, in the Voice of Others column, TVR May 2012]. Excellent! This translation approaches my ideal of translating; it makes you think that the translation is actually the original.

There is only one aspect of the translation that I question, which doesn’t relate to Ms. McNamee’s translation skills. What does Grass mean by “Weil ich meinte, meine Herkunft, die von nie zu tilgendem Makel behaftet ist,” ? McNamee translates it as “my heritage.” I wonder if Grass is talking about his own past as member of the Waffen-SS, or in general about the heritage of the German nation (which seems to be McNamee’s interpretation).

Whatever, Grass ignores reality (Israel is not planning to annihilate Iran with an atom bomb as Grass implies) and at the same time pursues a tired and oft repeated – thinly veiled anti-Semitic – political agenda.

Stanley Hale


To the Editor

Thank you very much for the article on special education in Bosnia [“Special Care in Sarajevo”, TVR May 2012]. Author Jena Hand has conducted very thorough research of our work with special needs children, and has given a precise account of the current situation and efforts to improve it. An article such as this is a great encouragement for us to continue our struggle for the basic human rights of children with disabilities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

And congratulations on Editor in Chief Dardis McNamee’s translation of the Günter Grass poem! [“What Must be Said”, in the Voice of Others column, TVR May, 2012]

We are looking forward to co-operating with The Vienna Review in future.

Sanela Lindsay
General Secretary
EDUS-Education for All


To the Editor,

Belated thanks for thinking to send us a copy of The Vienna Review issue in which the review of Tony Judt’s Thinking the Twentieth Century was published. And I will certainly keep your publication in mind for any news, events, or information that might be of interest to your readers. I would be happy to write a book review for you myself sometime, should anything in my vague areas of expertise ever be of interest!

K.E. Fleming
Remarque Institute
New York University

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