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Understand the Weapon, Understand the Wound (2e)
Edited by Jonathan Galassi
RRP: GBP 9.99
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Price: GBP 8.99
This title is available for academic inspection (paperback only).
ISBN: 978 1 784102 48 7
Series: Fyfield Books
Categories: 20th Century, British, Spanish and Catalan, War writings
Published: March 2016
216 x 138 x 6 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Digital access available through Exact Editions
John Cornford (1915–1936) has long been held in high estimation as the outstanding English writer who fell to the Fascists in Spain. This collection of writings from Cornford’s thirteenth to his twenty-first year, when he died of wounds received in action, is a revealing autobiography, showing the sources of his political and literary commitments. In this authoritative survey of Cornford’s poems, essays and letters, Jonathan Galassi gives access to material not available elsewhere; his introduction and notes, together with two new afterwords by Jane Bernal and Richard Baxell, situate the work in its political and personal contexts. As Galassi suggests in his introduction, the republication of Cornford’s writings eighty years after his death ‘celebrates the gem-like intensity of one young man’s prodigious desire and need to change the world.’
'Understand the weapon, understand the wound:
What shapeless past was hammered to action by his deeds,
Only in constant action was his constant certainty found.
He will throw a longer shadow as time recedes.'
from ‘Sergei Mironovitch Kirov’
Praise for John Cornford 'Cornford's life speaks for itself in a way that burns the imagination. The fact that Cornford lived is an important lesson to the leaders of democracies. It shows that people will live and die and fight for democracy if it gives them the justice and freedom which are worth fighting for.'
Stephen Spender Praise for Jonathan Galassi '... these poems trace out - sometimes playfully, but always with a grave intelligence - the inner trajectory of their speaker's life in language at once jagged and intensely musical.'
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