Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

What Are You Reading?: Books

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

What Are You Reading?: Books

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A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers.

Amanda Leigh Cox, doctoral candidate in translation studies, peace and conflict at Concordia University, Canada, is reading Languages at War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), edited by Hilary Footitt and Michael Kelly. "Publishing findings from an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded research project of the same name, this book draws comparisons between the status, responsibilities and training provided to translators and interpreters during Western Europe's post-1945 liberation and post-1995 peacekeeping in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Provocatively, the findings point to the lack of training provided in both eras and the military's growing awareness of the high stakes of wartime language and cultural policy."

Damien Kempf, lecturer in medieval history, University of Liverpool, is reading Otto Dov Kulka's Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death (Allen Lane, 2013). "Kulka, a historian, offers a poignant reflection on his internment as a child at Auschwitz in 1943-44. Via a rare combination of historical research, memories and dream-like recollections, the author recreates his childhood landscapes of the 'Metropolis of Death': a past at once forgotten and forever present, familiar and inconceivable, stretching over the camp's ruins."

Roger Luckhurst, professor of modern and contemporary literature, Birkbeck, University of London, is reading Marcel Theroux's Strange Bodies (Faber, 2013), "a compellingly odd narrative that starts out in the painfully realistic world of academic grind among Samuel Johnson manuscripts but gets progressively weirder until it morphs into full-scale science fiction. …

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