The 8 Views of Lake Biwa
What is this all about?
"The 8 Views of Omi" is a series of old Japanese woodblock prints depicting scenes from around Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan.
In 1906, German author and painter Max Dauthendey visited Japan on his first trip around the world and was so inspired by the culture, that he wrote 8 stories referencing the places of the woodblock prints.
A while back, I have come across his book, called Die acht Gesichter am Biwasee
(via the audiobook site librivox.org
), and because those love stories touched me so deeply, I decided to translate them into English, making them available for English speakers for the very first time.
So, the plan is...
... to translate the eight stories and to publish them, either traditionally or via the self-publishing route. I will start translating rightaway and will try to find a publisher for the whole book. If I am not sucessful by the end of 2018 (which, unfortunately, is quite likely these days), I will publish the book myself. In this case, I guess the book will be out by summer 2019; I have no idea how long traditional publishing would take though.
And I'm supposed to...
... come along on my journey and enjoy the ride. ;-) Here on patreon, I will write about how work is progressing, and what I learn about the publishing industry (of which I know nothing yet). I guess this will be interesting in its own right, but for a bit more incentive, I will also publish at least half of the stories here once I have completed their translation. I am also planning to give away copies of the finished book (at least digital, possibly an audio version, paperback???) and will involve you in some of the decisions I will have to make with respect to layout, cover, etc. in case I will self-publish. I will definitely post background information about the author, the places on Lake Biwa, Japan in general, and maybe, maybe, a bit about me too.
Right, and you are...
... an Austrian who has quit her cushy old life as an academic to live in Japan. I came to live in Kyoto (which is nearby Lake Biwa, by the way) back in 2013 and I'm now working as a freelancer. However, although my income has dropped considerably and all my close friends are on another continent, I have not regretted my choice.
Come and visit The 8 Views of Lake Biwa with me!