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Selected Poems

Vittorio Sereni

Edited by Marcus Perryman

Translated by Peter Robinson and Marcus Perryman

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Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Paperback (160 pages)
(Pub. Apr 1996)
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  • Vittorio Sereni (1913–1983) is widely regarded as the finest Italian poet of the generation after Montale. From Frontier (1941), his ‘pre-war book though with one foot in the war’, through Algerian Diary (1947) which reflects his POW experience, to Variable Star (1981) and the posthumously collected work, his poetry is a faithful testimony to its times: the period of fascist dictatorship, the vicissitudes of life in Italy through the years of post-war reconstruction, the economic miracle of the 1960s and beyond. But although the backdrop of the poems is specific in time and place, it is their growing metaphysical dimension which makes Sereni a poet in whose work the fullest apprehension of life is to be found.

    This is the first substantial volume of his work to appear in English. It spans the whole of his creative career, and is designed to give a sense of the structure and coherence of his work as a whole.

    Vittorio Sereni
    Vittorio Sereni (1913–1983) graduated from the University of Milan in 1936. His first collection of poetry appeared in 1941. Drafted into the Italian Army and captured by Allied troops in 1943, he spent the rest of World War Two in north African POW camps. From the mid-1950s until his death, he ... read more
    Marcus Perryman
    Marcus Perryman, born in England in 1956, has lived and worked in Italy since 1977. With Peter Robinson he has also published translations of Sereni’s prose, and poetry by Ungaretti, Franco Fortini and Maurizio Cucchi. ... read more
    Peter Robinson
    Peter Robinson was born in 1953. He has taught in universities in Wales, Cambridge and Japan. From 1991 to 2005 he taught English Literature and English as a second language at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan. In 2007 he became Professor of English and American literature at the University of Reading. ... read more
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