By Eliot Weinberger
The various twenty-eight essays in Oranges & Peanuts for Sale
have seemed in translation in seventeen international locations; a few have by no means been released in English sooner than. They comprise introductions for books of avant-garde poets; collaborations with visible artists, and articles for courses equivalent to The manhattan assessment of Books
, The London overview of Books
, and October
One part specializes in writers and literary works: unusual stories from classical and glossy China; the Psalms in translation: a skeptical examine E. B. White’s New York
. one other part is a continuation of Weinberger’s celebrated political articles accumulated in What occurred right here: Bush Chronicles
(a finalist for the nationwide Books Critics Circle Award), together with a sequel to “What I Heard approximately Iraq,” which the Guardian
referred to as the single antiwar “classic” of the Iraq battle. a brand new installment of his very good associated “serial essay,” An Elemental Thing
, takes us on a trip down the Yangtze River throughout the Sung Dynasty.
The reader also will locate the not likely convergences among Samuel Beckett and Octavio Paz, images and anthropology, and, in fact, oranges and peanuts, in addition to an encomium for Obama, a manifesto on translation, a quick visual appeal via Shiva, and reflections at the colour blue, demise, exoticism, Susan Sontag, and the humanities and conflict.