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Two Month Review: #5.04: FOX by Ugresic (“A Balancing Art”)

After a two week hiatus due to technical difficulties trying to record from Dublin, the Two Month Review is back! Chad and Brian are joined by translator Ellen Elias-Bursać to talk about her favorite section of the novel–“A Balancing Art.” They discuss the various viewpoints presented in this chapter–especially that of the outspoken, unforgiving young artist compared to the more “fox-like” older widow–and all the subtleties found in Ugresic’s prose.

Listen to the end to get information about Ellen’s new book, Translating Evidence and Interpreting Testimony at a War Crimes Tribunal: Working in a Tug-of-War. Which is far more interesting than the title might suggest. It’s about her time working in the Hague and the role translation played on a daily basis.

You can watch the video recording of this episode on YouTube, and while you’re there, subscribe to the Two Month Review channel and stayed tuned for the next broadcast, in which we’ll be talking about the first section of Part III of Fox, “The Devil’s Garden,” pages 110-144.

As always, Fox (and all the previous Two Month Review titles) is available for 20% off through our website. Just use the code 2MONTH at checkout.

Feel free to comment on this episode—or on the book in general—either on this post, or at the official GoodReads Group.

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There are two bits of music on this episode, “Yr Throat” by Jeff Rosenstock opens up the podcast, and the outro music is the theme music to Doc Hollywood, another great Michael J. Fox movie.



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