Stalled in transit: The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje

Lea, Bronwyn (2011) Stalled in transit: The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje. Australian Literary Review, 6 9: 16-16.

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Author Lea, Bronwyn
Title Stalled in transit: The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje
Journal name Australian Literary Review
ISSN 1038-8761
Publication date 2011-10-05
Sub-type Creative work
Open Access Status
Volume 6
Issue 9
Start page 16
End page 16
Total pages 1
Place of publication Sydney, NSW, Australia
Publisher Nationwide News
Language eng
Subject Original Creative Work - Textual work
Formatted abstract
IN English all the cool loan words are German. Its catalogue of human emotions would be incomplete without the world-weary melancholy carried by Weltschmerz or the self-destructive yearning of Sehnsucht. The wry pleasure of schadenfreude has proven indispensable, and zugzwang, a beautiful concept derived from chess in which a person is forced to be the author of their own destruction, appears everywhere once you've learned it.

But Katzentisch comes to English only in translation. Literally ``the cat's table'', it refers to a low table at which the well-heeled feed their pets. Metaphorically it's the kiddies table, or for big humans it's the badly lit table in the restaurant corner. In politics and business, the cat's table is reserved for the office that exists but has lost the authority to act. It is also the title of Michael Ondaatje's latest novel...
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