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The Present Hour

English · Hardback

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From the publication of his first book in 1953, Yves Bonnefoy has been considered the most important and influential French poet since World War II. A prolific writer, critic, and translator, Bonnefoy continues to compose groundbreaking new work sixty years later, constantly offering his readers what Paul Auster has called "the highest level of artistic excellence."

In The Present Hour, Bonnefoy's latest collection, a personal narrative surfaces in splinters and shards. Every word from Bonnefoy is multifaceted, like the fragmented figures seen from different angles in cubist painting--as befits a poet who has written extensively about artists such as Goya, Picasso, Braque, and Gris. Throughout this moving collection, Bonnefoy's poems echo each other, returning to and elaborating upon key images, thoughts, feelings, and people. Intriguing and enigmatic, this mixture of sonnet sequences and prose poems--or, as Bonnefoy sees them, "dream texts"--move from his meditations on friendship and friends like Jorge Luis Borges to a long, discursive work in free verse that is a self-reflection on his thought and process. These poems are the ultimate condensation of Bonnefoy's ninety years of life and writing and they will be a valuable addition to the canon of his writings available in English.

"Beverley Bie Brahic does a splendid job of translating the latest work of Yves Bonnefoy. She catches his unique combination of human detail and a groping for the beyond. . . . Brahic does full justice to the profoundly moving text--with its frequent shifts between the personal and the searchingly philosophical."--Joseph Frank, author of Responses to Modernity: Essays in the Politics of Culture

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Yves Bonnefoy (1923-2016) is recognized as the greatest French poet of the past fifty years. By the time of his death, he had published eleven major collections of poetry in verse and prose, several books of tales, and numerous studies of literature and art.

Summary

A collection of poems that echo each other, returning to and elaborating upon key images, thoughts, feelings, and people. Intriguing and enigmatic, it is a mixture of sonnet sequences and prose poems.

Product details

Authors Yves Bonnefoy
Assisted by Beverley Bie Brahic (Translation)
Publisher Seagull Books London Ltd
 
Languages English
Product format Hardback
Released 01.01.2013
 
EAN 9780857421630
ISBN 978-0-85742-163-0
No. of pages 84
Dimensions 142 mm x 203 mm x 14 mm
Weight 244 g
Series French List
SB-The French List
The French List
The French List - (Seagull titles CHUP)
Subject Fiction > Poetry, drama

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