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"La Clarte Notre–Dame" and "The Last Book of the Madrigals"

English · Hardback

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The last works of the last great classic European poet now available in English. In his 96th and final year, and with the help of the poet José-Flore Tappy, celebrated Swiss poet Philippe Jaccottet finished two manuscripts-in-progress, one in prose and one in poetry, both of which are presented in this volume in John Taylor's sensitive translation.  The first work, "La Clarté Notre-Dame," takes off from the "pure, weightless, fragile, yet crystal-clear tinkling" of a monastery bell heard during a walk with friends. With this thought-provoking sound as a leitmotiv, Jaccottet looks back on a life of writing, reading, and scrutinizing humankind's existential and spiritual aspirations. He sets these concerns against his equally lifelong preoccupation with "the rise of evil in today's world," notably in Syria. Composed in a baroque style, the verse poems collected in "The Last Book of Madrigals" explore love. Jaccottet returns in spirit to Italy, the country which for him symbolizes happiness and sensuality. As he evokes amorous attraction, he conjures up Monteverdi's madrigals, one of Dante's little-known rhymes, and Giuseppe Ungaretti's last poem. Reinventing and commenting on these works, Jaccottet meditates on old age, approaching death, despair, and the persistence of love. Together, both works grapple with devastating darkness, but as Tappy observes in her afterword, however, Jaccottet's "greatest force" was "his perpetually renewed desire, during the most terrifying night, to head for the light."  

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Born in Switzerland and a long-time resident of France, Philippe Jaccottet (1925-2021) is a celebrated European poet. In 2014, Jaccottet's collected writings were published in Gallimard's prestigious Pléiade series. He has been awarded several European literary prizes, including the Grand Prix Suisse de littérature, the highest Swiss literary distinction.

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Authors Philippe Jaccottet, Jose–flore Tappy, JoseâEUR¿flore Tappy, Jose-Flore Tappy, Jose–flore Tappy, John Taylor
Assisted by John Taylor (Translation)
Publisher Seagull Books London Ltd
 
Languages English
Product format Hardback
Released 01.02.2023
 
EAN 9781803090610
ISBN 978-1-80309-061-0
No. of pages 104
Dimensions 225 mm x 135 mm x 19 mm
Weight 250 g
Series Swiss List
Subjects Fiction > Poetry, drama
Humanities, art, music > Linguistics and literary studies > General and comparative literary studies

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