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Translations from Memory

Fred D'Aguiar

Translations from Memory
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ISBN: 978 1 784106 06 5
Categories: 21st Century, American, British, Caribbean
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: July 2018
216 x 135 mm
112 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • The memories from which Fred D’Aguiar has translated these poems are cultural and personal. From the anciencies of the Gilgamesh epic to the modern world, from classical philosophy to C.L.R. James and Aime Cesaire, from Asia and Europe to the new world in which their destinies are unpredictably worked out, he waves his language.

    The book closes with translations of Derek Walcott and Kamau Brathwaite, masters and remakers of language and form from whom he takes his complex bearings. This unusual integration of tributes and the ironies they provoke give this book a radical colouring: D’Aguiar is learned; he is also wry and always alert to the false notes in history and what follows from them. And he is passionate, responding always to the deep feelings of others, from desire to love, elegy to celebration.
    Fred D'Aguiar was born in London in 1960 to Guyanese parents and grew up in Guyana, returning to England when he was a teenager. He trained as a psychiatric nurse before reading African and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kent, Canterbury. His previous collections of poetry are Mama Dot (1985), ... read more
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