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A Season in Hell

and Other Poems

Arthur Rimbaud

Translated by Norman Cameron

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ISBN: 978 0 856462 20 7
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Published: June 1997
216 x 138 x 15 mm
208 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Hardback
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  • A Season in Hell is one of the great works of modern literature. It is published here in a bilingual edition together with many of the verse poems which Rimbaud wrote between March 1870 and August 1872. A Season in Hell was Rimbaud’s literary testament, his apology and a contribution to the mythology of his time. Norman Cameron’s masterly translations capture the shape and spirit of these extraordinary works.

    Arthur Rimbaud
    Arthur Rimbaud (1854–1891) was born in Charleville, Ardennes. His creativity coincided with his turbulent relationship with Paul Verlaine in his late teens. All his poetry was written before he was 21. He gave up writing and began to travel, spending 11 years in the port town Aden in Abyssinia (Yemen). Ill, ... read more
    Norman Cameron
    Norman Cameron (1905–1953) was a frequent contributor to Geoffrey Grigson’s New Verse . During the war he served with British forces in Austria, returning to London and advertising in 1947. His Collected Poems and Selected Translations edited by Warren Hope and Jonathan Barker was first published by Anvil in 1990. His ... read more
    Praise for Arthur Rimbaud 'Absolute modernity is perhaps granted by this translation, published nearly a century after the original work, infusing the poems with a newfound modernity...Rimbaud's hallucinatory visions translated as poetry and prose is beautifully rendered by Ashbery who manages to transcend the limits of language.'
    Emma Kious, DURA

    'One of the strongest, most exuberant and closely engaged translations of Rimbaud's work.'

    The Guardian, 2011

     Arthur Rimbaud, the 19th-century French poet, was a ferocious malcontent, who free-wheeled towards self-destruction with the help of hashish and quantities of alcohol. Rimbaud's most thouroughly modern masterpiece, Illuminations, is now translated by John Ashbury, who brilliantly captures the volume's dizzy-making, metropolitan imagery of subways, viaducts, raised canals and bridges. - Ian Thompson, The Spectator, Books of the Year It is always a pleasure to have the extraordinary poetry of Arthur Rimbaud, teenage prodigy and (in later life) gun-runner, rendered anew into English: this version of the late poem cycle Illuminations translated by the American poet John Ashbery, is vertiginous, exhilarating and mildly hallucinogenic. - Michael Glover, The Tablet  One of the strongest, most exuberant and closely engaged translations of Rimbaud's work. - Guardian, 2011 It is always a pleasure to have the extraordinary poetry of Arthur Rimbaud, teenage prodigy and (in later life) gun-runner, rendered anew into English: this version of the late poem cycle Illuminations translated by the American poet John Ashbery, is vertiginous, exhilarating and mildly hallucinogenic. - Michael Glover, The Tablet  Arthur Rimbaud, the 19th-century French poet, was a ferocious malcontent, who free-wheeled towards self-destruction with the help of hashish and quantities of alcohol. Rimbaud's most thouroughly modern masterpiece, Illuminations, is now translated by John Ashbury, who brilliantly captures the volume's dizzy-making, metropolitan imagery of subways, viaducts, raised canals and bridges. - Ian Thompson, The Spectator, Books of the Year
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