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The Rest of the Voyage: Poems

The Rest of the Voyage: Poems

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Winner of the Robert Fagles Prize for contemporary poetry in translation

Eléna Rivera's translation of Bernard Noël's The Rest of the Voyage is at once original and remarkably faithful—indeed, its originality lies in the care and music the translator has brought to her commitment to follow Noël's forms as closely as possible. Rivera succeeds beautifully in setting the rhythms of the French original into English. The succession of poems has a fluency that becomes as mesmerizing as any mode of transport, for Rivera is remarkably adept at varying the lines, landing with emphasis or muting the effect as she follows the speed and light of Noël's themes. Those themes are no less than a meditation on the traveler's encounter with landscape in the late twentieth century. Noël takes on distant shots and close-ups, moving too quickly to see particulars or so slowly that objects become abstractions, conveying the smells, tastes, and sounds of each location in wholes and parts, reflexively considering what is invisible to a visitor, and meditating on the ancient theme of the voyage of life with great vividness and freshness. Noël is one of the most distinguished living writers in France. Yet Rivera's is the first translation of his poetry into English, and her work thus remedies an unfortunate weakness in English-language letters." —Susan Stewart, from the introduction

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ISBN-13: 9781555976002
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Edition description: Bilingual Edition
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Bernard Noël is a poet, novelist, historian, and art critic. He received the Prix National de Poésie, France's highest literary prize, in 1992. Eléna Rivera is a poet and translator who lives and teaches in New York.

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