Rendez-vous with Lennon
13 December, 2012
Rendez-vous with Lennon
On December 8, Magticlub on Rustaveli Avenue hosted an interesting event for music and literature lovers. This was the case that united the fans of “The Beatles” and books – it was the presentation of the Georgian translation of John Lennon’s book “In His Own Write”. This is the book that was published in Lennon’s life and 50 000 copies a day were sold right away. Now, it is available for the Georgian public.
The event was musically adorned by
singer Nino Chikovani and her band who performed the famous hits by “The Beatles”, including “Yesterday”, “Imagine”, “All My Loving” and many more. John Lennon was to become a painter, but quitted the art college and began to play. Later on, he became a founder of the famous Liverpool quartet, soloist, composer and the author of the texts. The book “In His Own Write”, which is prefaced by Paul McCartney, will be a nice discovery for people of Lennon as an author of short humorous stories, rhymes and his own illustrations. Paul writes that one has to be really stupid to start seriously thinking about what lies behind Lennon’s texts. He adds that it is not necessary at all to search for opinions everywhere- once it is ridiculous it is merely enough. Such is this book – full of irony and light humor, which makes it quite inadequate and absurd in a way which is quite peculiar. “I’ve been a freak all my life and I have to live with that,” wrote John.
The music of “The Beatles” spread like a hurricane all over the world in 1960s. Georgia was no exception. This is the music that is loved by our fathers’ generation especially, as well as by the youngsters, who were among the adundance at the soiree. The book “In His Own Write” was released in Great Britain and USA simultaneously back in 1964, March 23. On the very first day, only in England, 50 000 copies were sold. Later on, the book was translated into numerous languages and became a real bestseller. This was Lennon’s first solo-project.
Gvansta Jobava, translator of the book retold Georgian Journal a brief story of book’s publishing: “My first translation was published in 2008 and it was ‘Alice inWonderland’. After that, the writer Mikho Mosulishvili suggested translating this book of which I had no idea. As he said, he saw some things in common between these two books. He also told me that Lewiss Carroll was one of Lennon’s favorite authors. One day, a couple of years later, quite by chance, I was sent Lennon’s book as a gift and decided to translate it. When I looked through it, I got interested in the writing style. I contacted “Artanuji’ Publishing, they got interested, acquired copywrite from Lennon’s spouse, I got to work and here we are today”.
The book ends with the translator’s words, saying that she tried her best to create the original’s analogue, as Lennon’s own write was only his own write. “Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted,” wrote John.
I think this quote best suits this book http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnlennon108522.html. Happy reading!
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