Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Europe's anthem

From Süddeutsche Zeitung:

Slavoj Zizek takes on Europe's anthem, Beethoven's Ode to Joy, and as expected picks up on all the possible ironies of its overly ebbulient theme. Read Turkey's entry into the European Union and the tensions of the state versus the global push now torturing the EU [among other things].

"Beethoven's finale is a fantastical mixture of orientalism and regression, a twofold retreat from the historical present. It is a confession that 'Joy', in all its world-embracing brotherliness, is a chimerical figure. (...) The interplay with a contrasting motif that breaks in after bar 331 can be heard as the return of the suppressed, a symptom for something that was an illusion from the start. Have we over-domesticated this ode? Have we become too accustomed to it, wrongly seeing in it a symbol for joy and fraternalism? Maybe we should listen to it once more, this time with a sharp ear for dissonance and exaggeration."

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Pedro Mexia writes about Brazilian translations of foreign movies.
My favorite is Week-end (Godard), translated to Week-end à francesa [or Week-end, French style]. Nice.
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