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2003 - 2005
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The Hesse Society of Nepal select a new officer
The Hermann Hesse Society of Nepal society has nominated Mr. Jagannath Lamichhane as a new secretary for two years. He writes: "I am proud of having this responsibility and am committed to promoting this organization in the right way. I think we need proper guidance, constant interaction, and sharing of knowledge among each other in order to find out the right path."
published in the Nepali language
The Hermann Hesse Society Nepal-2000 has recently published the first official translation of Hermann Hesse's widely read novel Siddhartha in the language of Nepal. The book was published with permission of the Suhrkamp Verlag in Germany.
His Excellency, the German Ambassador to the Kingdom of Nepal, Mr. Rüdiger G. Lemp launched the newly translated Nepali version of Siddhartha on April 27, 2004. The event was organized by the Hermann Hesse Society Nepal-2000, a literary organization founded with the objective of developing literary ties between Nepal and Germany by paying homage to the Nobel Prize Winner Hermann Hesse, making his literary works more accessible to Nepali readers, translating German literature into Nepali and vice versa, and finally by promoting a wider literary exchange between Nepal and Germany.
The Nepali version of Siddhartha was translated into the Nepali language by Ramesh Adhikari and Charan Pradhan. Ramesh Adhikari is the Founder President of the Hermann Hesse Gesellschaft Nepal-2000. The book was directly translated into Nepali language from the original German version.
Speaking in the book launching programme Chief Guest and Ambassador Mr. Rüdiger G. Lemp expressed his happiness on the publication of the translated Siddhartha and wished the Hermann Hesse Society success in promoting cultural and literary exchange between Nepal and Germany.
The head of the Department of German Language in the International Language College, Dr. Manfred Treu, who is also an expert in Nepali language, expressed his critical views on the newly translated book.
Other distinguished persons speaking in the programme were Prof. Dr. D. P. Bhandari, Professor and Poet Tulsi Divas and novelist Gita Keshari. Likewise, the poets Manjul and Narendra Thapa also expressed their views about the book in the programme. The Master of Ceremony was the famous movie director and critic
Mr. Prakash Sayami.
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Professor G. W. Field
University of Toronto
December 18, 2002
GEORGE WALLIS FIELD, 1914-2002
George Wallis Field was born March 1914 in Coburg, Ontario, received his early education there and then moved on to the University of Toronto. It was inevitable that he should choose to enroll in Victoria College, first because it was a Methodist institution and that accorded with the family religion, and second because it had been founded in Coburg (in 1836) and only moved to Toronto when it federated with the University of Toronto in 1892. Professor Field maintained a strong and close relationship with the College throughout his life, not only as a professor but as an ardent defender of the educational and ethical ideals it fostered. To the end he came in to the College at least once a week to eat at High Table and to joust with wit and a sharp intellect on any of the many interests that stirred his ever-active mind.
Professor Field graduated in 1935, taught high school briefly in Ontario, then took a post with the Canadian Academy in Kobe, Japan. When war broke out, and even before Japan was involved, he followed the call of conscience and went to India to enlist in the British Army. As a captain in the Royal Artillery he served throughout the war, for the most part on the rugged area known as the North West Frontier. One of Wally’s first memories was of the celebrations at the end of WW I and the military aura of that occasions seems to have stuck with him, for he maintained throughout his life an interest in and connection with the army, first as Lieutenant Colonel and Commanding Officer of the U of T Canadian Officer Training Corps and then as Honorary Colonel of the 2nd Canadian Intelligence Company. His disciplined mind and upright bearing reflected that interest.
As a scholar Professor Field was equally thorough and disciplined. The breadth of his interests is indicated by his publications – a selection of Heine’s poetry, a text edition of Fontane’s Irrungen Wirrungen, a history of nineteenth century German literature, and articles on Schiller, Goethe, Thomas Mann. But it is as a Hermann Hesse scholar that Wally is best known. His Hesse book in the Twayne World Authors series will always be a preferred reference for scholars and for students as will his many Hesse articles. He visited Hesse in Montagnola and maintained close correspondence with Reinhold Pfau and Martin Pfeifer, Hesse advocates in Germany. Some part of Hesse’s reputation and reception in North America is due to Wally Field’s passionate endorsement.
As a teacher Wally had a strong following. Undergraduates were challenged to investigate and question, and then put forward their best. Sloppy thinking was not acceptable. The best students responded to this and as a result Professor Field has graduate students who are now themselves professors in various Canadian and American universities. One hopes they all remember and perpetuate the strong personal interest he took in their intellectual development.
It is much in character that Professor Field died while swimming in the University pool at the age of 89. He leaves his wife Eleanor, a daughter and three sons. There will be a memorial service to celebrate his life in the Victoria College Chapel at 3pm, January 31st. The Professor G W Field Scholarship Fund has been set up in his memory. Contributions can be sent to: Victoria University Alumnae Office, 150 Charles St. West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1K7.
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Text: RF, 2002-12-21