Dear readers of my blog,

"Coming soon" is an ad which is pasted across the shopping windows of an outlet soon to be opened. Here, however, it announces a new way of publishing my own texts "written to the moment" over a period of now twenty years following the chronology of their composition. Some of them are directly concerned with Oscar Wilde or James Joyce, others with literature and history in general, while for most of them I will have to provide a blog frame, so as to practise this genre regularly rather than sporadically as I must admit was the case in the last two years.

It has taken me the best part of two years to understand that what I am doing in this blog is waiting for material to accumulate so as to enable me to write the next piece. The result has often been satisfactory, at least for myself, when I realized that I was able to put fingers to keyboard to produce something that related both to everyday life and to literature with a particular stress being laid on Oscar Wilde.

When everyday obligations, however, became more and more demanding, it has become increasingly difficult to allow for time to compose a regular blog on the one hand. On the other hand, I discovered that many texts written a long time ago came into being under similar circumstances, so that by re-arranging and partly re-writing them in the past few weeks I noticed that "written to the moment" as they were in the past - and I am still producing similar texts at the moment - they were quite suitable to be published first as part of a regular blog post.

This may or may not be a test for a future publication of the complete collection in book form. At the moment, I am only happy to announce that, very soon, I will be in the position to launch the first few of these texts on the internet. The complete collection is going to be ordered alphabetically, but since it is not yet complete, publication is going to begin in the chronological order of their composition. And once all arrangements have been made, the whole project will become clear. Give me, however, a few weeks.

Meanwhile I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year that hopefully ends in a mood different from that it is necessarily going to begin in ten days' time. I am only too aware of the irony that even before the question of "Deal or No Deal" has been resolved the continent has had to stop all passenger movement to and from the UK owing to the current health crisis. So stay hale and healthy or safe and sound,

Best wishes,

Jörg W. Rademacher

21 December 2020

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Dear readers of my blog,

this third blog on Graham Swift is the last for some time. I need to re-read the other two novels in my possession or watch one or the other film to add more to my tally. Apart from this teaser, the entries are only roughly alike. I do apologize for this but since I like writing in English as much as I like to put things into words in German but for different reasons I refuse always to try to eliminate through translation processes what can only best be said in either one or the other language. So, if you want to have the best of both worlds, do as I do, try to read both German and English.


Liebe Leser meines Blogs,

dieser dritte Blog zu Graham Swift ist der vorerst letzte. Ich muß nämlich die beiden anderen Romane in meinem Besitz wieder lesen oder die ein oder andere Verfilmung schauen, um noch weitere schreiben zu können. Von diesem Appetithappen abgesehen, sind die Blogeinträge nur im Großen Ganzen einander ähnlich. Dafür bitte ich um Verzeihung, doch da ich so gern auf Englisch schreibe, wie ich auf Deutsch formuliere – aus jeweils unterschiedlichen Gründen –, lehne ich es ab, stets durch Übersetzungsvorgänge auszuschalten, was nur in entweder in der einen oder der anderen Sprache am besten zu sagen wäre. Wer also die beste beider Welten wünscht, möge bitte auf deutsch und englisch lesen.



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Jörg W. Rademacher (*1962), born and bred in Westphalia. Attended university at Münster, Dundee and Lille. State exam in 1988. Ph.D. In 1993. Scholar, language teacher as well as writer and translator at Münster until 2002. Since 2002 secondary school teacher, writer and translator in East Frisia. Working on Wilde since 1988. Publishing on Wilde since 2000 as biographer and editor and translator, on a regular basis with Elsinor Verlag since 2012, since 2015 also editor and translator of Oscar Wilde calendars.

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