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The Catalan Poems

Pere Gimferrer

Translated by Adrian Nathan West

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Categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, Spanish and Catalan, Translation
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
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  • Description
  • Author
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  • Longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award 2020

    Spain’s greatest living poet, Pere Gimferrer (b.1945) has written more than thirty books spanning verse, fiction, essay, and criticism. His earliest writings appeared in Spanish. In 1970 he began publishing in Catalan, and has alternated between the two languages since (with occasional forays into French and Italian). The present collection, the first book-length publication of Gimferrer’s Catalan poetry in English, brings together work from all phases of his career.

    His poetry is a marvel of syncretism: Billie Holiday, the medieval polymath Ramon Llull, Ezra Pound, and the artist Tàpies all appear in his pages. His style draws equally on modernism, on Galician-Portuguese love lyrics, on Góngora and on the Valencian metaphysical poet Ausiàs March. Rounding out the volume is a selection from the Dietari, an artistic diary that outlines his poetics and his sense of the artist’s vocation through a series of meditations on Casanova, Octavio Paz and others.
    Pere Gimferrer
    Pere Gimferrer (Barcelona, 1945) is the author of more than thirty books in Catalan and Spanish. A member of the Real Academia Española and the Acadèmia de Bones Lletres de Barcelona, he has won numerous accolades for his work, including Spain’s National Poetry Prize and the Ramon Llull Prize for the ... read more
    Adrian Nathan West
    Adrian Nathan West is a translator and critic and author of The Aesthetics of Degradation . ... read more
    Awards won by Pere Gimferrer Long-listed, 2020 Best Translated Book Award (The Catalan Poems)
    'Gimferrer lives in and for poetry... His virtuosity shows he is capable of renewal and change without repudiating himself. Few authors can manage such breadth and depth.'
    Juan Goytisolo
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