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He took them out to the Baltic, through the marvellous labyrinth of islands and waters.

And those who met on board and were carried by the same hull for a few hours, or days, how much did they come to know one another?

Conversations in misspelled English, understanding and misunderstanding but very little conscious falsehood.

How much did they come to know one another?

(From "Baltics" by Tomas Tranströmer, translated by Robin Fulton)

On the last metres of our Nord Stream3 project, we were able to make one of our most read texts from the Baltic Sea library, the poem cycle "Baltics" (“Östersjöar”) by Tomas Tranströmer sound.

The poem was written in 1974 in a divided Baltic Sea, remembering personal connections from the times before and reviving friendship relations across the borders in spite of all hindrances. It is translated in 12 languages on our platform and some of the translations came about on our request before Tranströmer received the Nobel prize in 2011.

Whilst Tranströmer’s voice was lost in 1990 after a stroke, we undertook a journey this late autumn to give it a a voice through his translators in the Baltic region.

Our platform now features audio recordings of "Baltics" in Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Icelandic, Lithuanian and Sami, which we especially created together with the translators during corresponding trips. Recordings in Latvian and Russian have already been made available before. For Swedish, we are expecting the original recording by Tomas Tranströmer himself from the year 1990, which we will be able to post after New Year.

In addition to the support from the Neustart Kultur programme by the German government, the trips for recordings to four countries – Lithuania, Estonia, Sweden and Denmark – were made possible by the EU mobility fund i-portunus. Our thanks also go to Monica Tranströmer whom we met at her home in Stockholm for the rights to publish the poem digitally.

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On Thursday, 30.09.2021 / 6 pm the translators will read: Mareen Bruns (Berlin), Elna Lindgens (Munich), Franziska Zwerg (Potsdam) - Introduction: Klaus-Jürgen Liedtke (Berlin).

Saint Hieronymus is considered the patron saint of translators. He retired to the desert to translate the Bible from Hebrew and Greek into living Latin. The International Translators' Day (German: Hieronymustag) is dedicated to him, on which translators leave their chambers to become publicly visible.

Nord Stream3, a project funded by the the German government's "Neustart Kultur" program, brings together essayistic texts from 1990 to the present from the border regions and peripheries of the Baltic Sea area.

The introduction presents the rebirth of a sea and its hidden linguistic diversity.

 

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210930 International Translators Day

Nord Stream 3 - Babel pipeline thru the Baltic Sea

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The translations of following essays to German have been made available thanks to the support of Deutscher Übersetzerfonds from the state programme "NEUSTART KULTUR" of the commissioner of the federal German government for culture and media (Beauftragte des Bundes für Kultur und Medien):

Riga - eine Heimstatt für Ideen? Essay by Pēteris Bankovskis. Translated from Latvian by Sven Otto

Meine Stadt. Essay by Gintaras Grajauskas. Translated from Lithuanian by Claudia Sinnig

Weiße Nächte und schwarze. Translation of two Letters by Jaan Kaplinski and Johannes Salminen from Finnish resp. Swedish by Maximilian Murmann and Elna Lindgens

Von einem Ort zum anderen. Essay by Birgitta Trotzig. Translated from Swedish by Hannes Langendörfer

Geraubtes Land. Essay by Elin Anna Labba. Translated from Swedish by Hedwig Binder

Brücken ins Nirgendwo? Identität der Bewohner des Kaliningrader Gebiets im 21. Jahrhundert. Essay by Ilya Dementiev. Translated from English by Barbara Wiebking

Neue Erkenntisse über Labyrinthe. Essay by Christer Westerdahl. Translated from Swedish by Christina Möllring

In Lappland (Lotten von Düben). Essay by Eva Dahlman. Translated from Swedish by Maike Barth

Elena Guro: Malerin, Dichterin, Pantheistin. St. Petersburg – Karelische Landenge 1877-1913. Essay by Margareta Tillberg. Translated from English by Maria Meinel and to Russian by Natalya Zlydneva

Ebenen und Kanten: eine höchstpersönliche Sicht auf das historische Lettgallen. Essay by Sergey Moreino. Translated from Russian by Franziska Zwerg

Bekenntnis. Performative Produktion von Geschlechtsidentität und Gedächtnis in Tõnu Õnnepalus Roman "Im Grenzland". Essay by Eneken Laanes. Translated from English by Anna Hildegard Czinczoll

Eine Reise in zwanzig Stationen entlang der Landesgrenzen Skandinaviens. Essay by Malin Nord. Translated from Swedish by Ricarda Essrich

Another half-year passed and our Baltic babel pipeline continues to pump new essays and cross-languages translations. Many of them – translations to and from German - have been made available in the framework of our project “Nord Stream 3”. Those translations were made possible thanks to the support of Deutscher Übersetzerfonds from the state programme "NEUSTART KULTUR" of the commissioner of the federal German government for culture and media (Beauftragte des Bundes für Kultur und Medien).

„Everything since my childhood has led me to the work I do now.“ Yury Dmitriev in “A visit to Yury Dmitriev”. Interview by Sergey Lebedev.

We recommend a conversation now available in Russian, German and English between the writer and journalist Sergey Lebedev and the Karelian historian and human rights activist Yury Dmitriev, conducted after the latter was first released from prison in 2018. Dmitriev who has worked on mapping the places where Stalin carried out his Great Terror regime, speaks about what it does to him to locate mass graves and what sense the identification of the then murdered has today. By relocating the human remains of the victims to new cemeteries, he created space, so that “people can come to remember”. He as well speaks of faith which helps him to find peace with those who have brought guilt upon themselves.

The interview was first published at colta.ru in Russian language in 2018 and is now available in English by Helena Kernan, as well as in German by Franziska Zwerg.

Other (newly translated) uploaded works are:

One who came back / Erinnerungen eines Überlebenden. Memoir by Josef Katz. Now in Polish translation by Dorota Stroińska.

Henry Parland. Poems. (Russian translation) Translated from Swedish by Olga Mäeots.

Germania (Estonian translation) by Cornelius Tacitus. Translated from Latin by Kristi Viiding.

Ice and Heather. Essay by Jaan Kaplinski.

Die Angst des Kindes in Tranströmers „Ostseen“. Essay by Karin Haugane. From Norwegian by Caren Gäbel.

Sirdolaččat. The Deportation of the Northern Sámi. Essay by Elin Anna Labba. Translated from Swedish by Fiona Graham.

Der knorrige Stamm. Demut als Edelmut in der finnlandschwedischen Literatur. Essay by Clas Zilliacus. Translated from Swedish by Klaus-Jürgen Liedtke.

Johannes Bobrowskis literarische Landschaft. Essay by Anders Björnsson. Translated from Swedish by Karl-Ludwig Wetzig.

Плоскости и грани: частное видение исторической Латгалии. Essay by Sergey Moreino.

Esteros žirklutės. Essay by Mindaugas Kvietkauskas.

Die Schere von Esther. Essay by Mindaugas Kvietkauskas. Translated from Lithuaninan by Vytenė Muschick.

En resa längs Nordens nationsgränser i tjugo punkter. Essay by Malin Nord.

Eine Reise in zwanzig Stationen entlang der Landesgrenzen Skandinaviens. Essay by Malin Nord. Translated from Swedish by Ricarda Essrich.

Sofi Oksanens Fegefeuer in Estland. Essay by Eneken Laanes. Translated from English by Elvira Willems.

Bekenntnis. Performative Produktion von Geschlechtsidentität und Gedächtnis in Tõnu Õnnepalus Roman "Im Grenzland". Essay by Eneken Laanes. Translated from English by Anna Hildegard Czinczoll.

Herder, Finnland, Europa. Essay by Sakari Ollitervo and Kari Immonen. Translated from Finnish by Ilse Winkler.

Mein Vater, Flüchtling aus Karelien. Essay by Jukka-Pekka Pietiäinen. Translated from Finnish by Ilse Winkler (In original: Isäni, evakko)

Our Baltic – “Mare Nostrum” – Rediscovering Hints of Maritime Archaeology through the Millennia. Essay by Christer Westerdahl.

Страна которой нет. Essay by Sergey Zavyalov.

Das Land, das nicht ist. Essay by Sergey Zavyalov. Translated from Russian by Christine Hengevoß.

Hogland – vergessene Insel in der Ostsee. Essay by Barbara Lönnqvist. Translated from English by Yvonne Eglinger.

Das Alexandria der Ostsee. Essay by Johannes Salminen. Translated from Swedish by Elna Lindgens.

Die Ostsee und ihre Mythologie in der polnischen Literatur. Essay by Małgorzata Czermińska. Translated from English by Valeska Henze.

Frühling in Kaunas: Henry Parland in Litauen. Essay by Per Stam. Translated from English by Mirko Bonné.

Grenzen und Grenzpolitik oder Ein russisches Ei des Kolumbus. Essay by René Nyberg. Translated from Swedish by Elna Lindgens.

Porträt einer Zeit - Anna Achmatowas lyrisches Werk. Essay by Barbara Lönnqvist. Translated from Swedish by Mareen Bruns.

Karelienmythologie in der finnlandschwedischen Literatur. Essay by Agneta Rahikainen. Translated from Swedish by Karl-Ludwig Wetzig.

Von Isländern, Eisbären und Königen. Essay by Gert Kreutzer.

 

In autumn some of the texts will be recorded as audio files as well.

Good reading otherwise!
With best wishes
chief editor
Klaus-Jürgen Liedtke

Nord Stream 3 - Babel pipeline thru the Baltic Sea

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The translations of following essays to German have been made available thanks to the support of Deutscher Übersetzerfonds from the state programme "NEUSTART KULTUR" of the commissioner of the federal German government for culture and media (Beauftragte des Bundes für Kultur und Medien):

- In Wasser geschrieben. Essay by Clas Zilliacus. Translated from English by Mirko Bonné

- Frühling in Kaunas: Henry Parland in Litauen. Essay by Per Stam. Translated from English by Mirko Bonné

- Der Vorzug der Randlage. Essay by Lars Kleberg. Translated from English by Mirko Bonné

- Grenzen und Grenzpolitik oder Ein russisches Ei des Kolumbus. Essay by René Nyberg. Translated from Swedish by Elna Lindgens

- Porträt einer Zeit - Anna Achmatowas lyrisches Werk. Essay by Barbara Lönnqvist. Translated from Swedish by Mareen Bruns

- Karelienmythologie in der finnlandschwedischen Literatur. Essay by Agneta Rahikainen. Translated from Swedish by Karl-Ludwig Wetzig

- Mein Vater, Flüchtling aus Karelien. Essay by Jukka-Pekka Pietiäinen. Translated from Finnish by Ilse Winkler

- Herder, Finnland, Europa. Essay by Sakari Ollitervo and Kari Immonen. Translated from Finnish by Ilse Winkler

- Das Alexandria der Ostsee. Essay by Johannes Salminen. Translated from Swedish by Elna Lindgens

- Der Ostseeraum - Spannungsfeld im Wandel der Zeiten. Essay by Nils Blomkvist. Translated from English by Susanne Bonn

- Die Ostsee und ihre Mythologie in der polnischen Literatur. Essay by Małgorzata Czermińska. Translated from English by Valeska Henze

- Das Land, das nicht ist. Essay by Sergey Zavyalov. Translated from Russian by Christine Hengevoß

- Hogland - vergessene Insel in der Ostsee. Essay by Barbara Lönnqvist. Translated from English by Yvonne Eglinger

- Blå Jungfrun. Die Blaue Jungfrau. Essay by Lennart Sjögren. Translated from Swedish by Karl-Ludwig Wetzig

- Sofi Oksanens "Fegefeuer" in Estland. Essay by Eneken Laanes. Translated from English by Elvira Willems

- Die Schere von Esther. Essay by Mindaugas Kvietkauskas. Translated from Lithuanian by Vytene Muschick

- Johannes Bobrowskis literarische Landschaft. Essay by Anders Björnsson. Translated from Swedish by Karl-Ludwig Wetzig

- Der knorrige Stamm. Demut als Edelmut in der finnlandschwedischen Literatur. Essay by Clas Zilliacus. Translated from Swedish by Klaus-Jürgen Liedtke

- Die Angst des Kindes in Tomas Tranströmers 'Ostseen'. Essay by Karin Haugane. Translated from Norwegian by Caren Gäbel

- Zu Besuch bei Jurij Dmitrijew. Interview by Sergey Lebedev. Translated from Russian by Franziska Zwerg

- Der Fürst. Über Czesław Miłosz. Essay by Eugenijus Ališanka. Translated from Lithuanian and Polish by Claudia Sinnig

- Kaliningrad. Eine Sekunde der Erleuchtung. Essay by Algirdas Patackas. Translated from Lithuanian by Claudia Sinnig

(This list will be updated during the following months)

We are finishing off this year – against all odds - with good news: from 1st December 2020 (until the end of November next year) a special programme will be supported by Deutscher Übersetzerfonds with culture historical essays from North Eastern Europe's borderlands and peripheries, to be translated to German and included in our essay section.
Thus we are part of a programme "Neustart Kultur" by the German government to mitigate the consequences of the corona crisis in the cultural field.

During the last half year we have included new biographies (Dahlmann, Hans Henny Jahnn, Andreas Kelletat, Lars Kleberg, Enel Melberg, Adam Olearius, Porthan, Natalya Tolstaya)
as well as new texts on the Baltic Sea Library by:
Nikolay Karamzin, Письма русского путешественника (Letters of a Russian Traveler, including his famous visit to Immanuel Kant in Königsberg) in Russian and German in an old translation by Johann Richter
Tõnu Õnnepalu, Hind (The Price) in Estonian original, Finnish (tr by Juhani Salokannel), German (tr by Horst Bernhardt) and Norwegian (tr by Turid Farbregd)
Strindberg's The People of Hemsö in English, translated by Peter Graves
Astrid Lindgren's Seacrow Island in Russian:
Na ostrove Saltkroka translated by Olga Mäeots
Werner Bergengruen's Report of the Life- and Death Circle of a Famous Man in Estonian:
Aruanne ühe eriskummalise mehe elu- ja surmakäigust translated by Mati Sirkel
and
Jómsvikinga saga in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish (in older translations)
Tempus adest floridum from Piae Cantiones with an essay by Åke G. Sjöberg, Den blomstertid nu kommer (in Swedish)

as well as two essays in German by:
Katarina Holländer, Von Vilnius nach Kaunas. Begegnungen in einer Zwischenzeit
and
Daniel Zwick, Auf den Spuren des ältesten See-Itinerars der Ostsee: eine archäologische Zeitreise

New audios include Clas Zilliacus reading Edith Södergran and Henry Parland (in Swedish)
And if you want to hear Latvian please listen to Tomas Tranströmer's Baltijas jūra read by Baiba Broka!
Last July Juris Kronbergs, one of our important contributors, died. We will remember him especially for his translations from Latvian to Swedish.

Good reading otherwise! And a Happy New Year,
With best wishes
chief editor
Klaus-Jürgen Liedtke

PS. The first article about us has been written for German Wikipedia:
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baltic_Sea_Library
and we would be grateful if articles in other languages could follow.