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The Passionate Measure

Ivan V. Lalic

Translated by Francis R. Jones

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Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Ivan V. Lalić is now recognised as a major figure in European poetry, and thanks to Francis Jones’s translations his work can be appreciated as authentic poetry in English. The Passionate Measure is a complete translation of Lalić’s Strasna mera, which received Yugoslavia’s most important literary award in 1984. Reviewing Lalić’s last volume from Anvil, The Works of Love, Michael Bird wrote in PN Review: ‘… a poetry as real as anything ‘original’ shines in many of the translations – a cast of strong lyricism that recalls distinctly, both in formal density and in the subjects to which it addresses itself, some of Geoffrey Hill’s work (he and Lalić are nearly exact contemporaries) … Far from being ingrowing reveries or blurred and plangent meditations on the lost, these lyrics are ablaze with successes of metaphor.’

    Ivan V. Lalic
    Ivan V. Lalić (1931–1996) studied law in Zagreb, where he first began to publish poetry, and worked for the publishers Nolit in Belgrade. He was also a distinguished critic and translator, especially of English poetry. The Works of Love (1981) was the first of several English translations of his poetry by ... read more
    Francis R. Jones
    Francis R. Jones translates poetry from various European languages – especially from Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian and Dutch into English, though he has also worked from Russian, Hungarian and Caribbean creoles, and into Geordie and Yorkshire dialect. Among his solo book-length translations are six collections by Ivan V. Lalić. Jones’s poetry translations have won ... read more
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