Thanksgiving Is Ruined
July 05, 2006
Viktor Shklovsky, auteur
Context No. 19 includes 2 awesome Shklovsky translations, including his 1927 notes for an imagined film about the deaths of Sacco and Vanzetti. He had some striking ideas about how to render visible involvement in the impending execution across social classes:
Now we depict American industrial machinery. Electric power plants along the Niagara, power lines, all of it terminating in the electric chair.We don’t want to film industrial machinery in general -- just evil machinery, class-oriented machinery.
The same issue includes a chart that demonstrates that for an Anglophone literary fiction reader in the USA, it is (if I have my math right) 1740% easier for her to find a book translated from French than from Albanian.