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Edited by Anthony Rudolf, John Naughton and Stephen Romer
Translated by Anthony Rudolf, John Naughton and Stephen Romer
RRP: GBP 15.99
ISBN: 978 1 784100 76 6
Categories: 20th Century, French, Translation
Published: October 2017
580 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback
Yves Bonnefoy, France's premier poet of the last sixty years, is represented in full. We experience 'The horizon of a voice where stars are falling.' Translated and edited by Anthony Rudolf, John Naughton and Stephen Romer, this is the definitive reader for one of the greatest French poets and translators.
'The editors and translators have done a wonderful job in the selection and simplicity of the selections. This is a book to appeal to both admirers of Bonnefoy's work and the general reader who is looking toward engaging with a lifetime of poetic output.'
Andrew Taylor, Stride Magazine
Praise for Yves Bonnefoy 'The editors and translators have done a wonderful job in the selection and simplicity of the selections. This is a book to appeal to both admirers of Bonnefoy's work and the general reader who is looking toward engaging with a lifetime of poetic output.'
Andrew Taylor, Stride Magazine
Praise for Anthony Rudolf 'His poems are charged with the love of beauty: in paint, in the poetry he admires, and in women. His longing is almost impersonal in its intensity.'
Elaine Feinstein, JQ
'It moves us through time and space to the long view of a life's work...European Hours is an open book of secrets, and the remarkable intimacy Rudolf has spun through it that binds the reader to the poems.'
Paul Pines, American Book Review
'For Rudolf, writing and painting especially, but also music, are exploratory tools that enable him to probe more deeply into his own self, his relationships, as well as all those other selves that are not ''himself.'' For he is obviously also par excellence a poet and an intellectual attracted to otherness, to what he is not.'
'Every poem like a new geometry - of surprises. A strange voice of cat's cradles in a Kafkaesque half-light - very strange and unpredictable.'
Ted Hughes Praise for Stephen Romer 'Stasis is the great enemy of a mind as active as Romer's and his poems are often a means of avoiding it, except when by some conjuring trick they attempt to arrest time... This is a book of elegant benedictions that allow for ecstasy and its opposite, and are fitting, memorable companions for either.'
Declan Ryan, TLS
'Reading Romer's poetry will leave you with a sense of calm and clarity because this long serving poet has developed a technical control that allows even for mysticism without rattling the bodily cage too much'
Claire Crowther, Magma
'A characteristic blend of self-examination and what feels like a classically trained sense of beauty, clarity and proportion. There is something Bergman-esque about Romer's work.'
'Notwithstanding his sophisticated Francophile masks and semi-detached Englishness - and his philosophical eye on the emotions - 'Stephen Romer may well be the finest love poet of his generation.'
The British Council Writer's Directory 'Here is a poet haunted by history, war, and the poignancy of love passing . . . He displays a seriousness which is seldom too weighty, and a compassion which never sinks into sentimentality.'
Elizabeth Jennings, Sunday Telegraph 'Stephen Romer is one of our finest poets of thwarted or impossible love . . . Emotional vulnerability is tempered by a wit and formal control that are never obtrusive.'
Adam Thorpe, Guardian
'Romer is one of our finest contemporary poets because he has made such a distinctive idiom out of such a complicated inheritance.'
'Stephen Romer has achieved a breakthrough in these new poems. The death of his father has torn away a veil, releasing a fresh energy and vision.'
Hugo Williams 'If Tribute is haunted by aphasia, exile and the loss of continuity, those fears are shadows that give body to the essences more insistently dwelt upon, and these are apprehended with a depth of spiritual resource that is almost mystical.'
Clive Wilmer on Tribute, in Times Literary Supplement 'Austerely eloquent treatments of lost love and the complexities of family are juxtaposed with reflections on art and poetry - exactly the civilised range of interests that might strike fear into the incurious. Readers open to Romer's scrupulous, passionate music and the conversational intimacy of his address will gather rich rewards, however.'
Sean O'Brien, Culture, 11 January 2009
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