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  • Apollinaire - French - Vietnamese - Herero

    In the English edition of the book is a text completely written in French. It begins with a poem by Apollinaire. In the French translation this text appears in Vietnamese, whereas the German translation has a version in Herero (Namibia was a German colony until 1909). In which language does this text appear in the Dutch edition?

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    French

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    • #3
      Aha, dank je wel! Do you have informations about the other editions/translations as well?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Magda
        Aha, dank je wel! Do you have informations about the other editions/translations as well?
        Yes. I own all the translations.

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        • #5
          You must be a true fan. And in all these editions Apollinaire is in French?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Magda
            You must be a true fan. And in all these editions Apollinaire is in French?
            Either that or I'm just really really obsessed. My friends like to give me a hard time about that.

            US-French
            German- Herero (as you've pointed out)
            Japanese-French and Japanese
            Uk-French
            Dutch-French
            French-Vietnamese
            Greek-French
            Serbian-French
            Italian-French

            Is Herero common knowledge in Germany?

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            • #7
              Vietnam was a colony of France as the Hereros were members of the German colony in South-West Africa.

              Pynchon talks quite a bit about the Hereros, especially their involvement with rocket development in World War II, they're the Schwarzkommando in Gravity's Rainbow. There was also a lengthy scene in V. where some German colonists and Military officers hid out from the Herero uprising.

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              • #8
                Good info, Jux. :)

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                • #9
                  Thanks, Mr. Heartbreak, for the information!

                  The Herero uprising is another sad chapter in German history. The first concentration camps were built up there. In the early thirties some thousand africans with a German passport lived in Berlin becoming offers of the Hitlerian race policy after the Nazi takeover. Others escaped to France and joined the Foreign Legion. I don't know whether that is important for ZampanÚ's story...

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