oa Alternation - Marginalia on Marginality

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



Marginal notes on marginality-in the margin of what is already in the margin of. Of what? Some vast page of society-a society page. And I in the margin of that. My motto is by Peter Blum, a marginal Afrikaans poet who wrote a lot about marginal states and marginal figures. Celebrating the serenity of his estate at Ferney, he here presents Voltaire as conscious of being marginal between big France and little Geneva - conscious also of feeling free in this marginal state that contains 'all the elements of the good life'. The two lines of the motto are not easy to translate, since boer means 'to farm', but also 'to haunt' or 'to frequent'.

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