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Divagations by Stéphane Mallarmé

Divagations (edition 2007)

by Stéphane Mallarmé, Barbara Johnson (Translator), Stephane Mallarme (Author)

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Authors:Stéphane Mallarmé
Other authors:Barbara Johnson (Translator), Stephane Mallarme (Author)
Info:Belknap Press (2007), Hardcover, 312 pages
Collections:Literature, Your library, Books, Decadence, Poetry
Tags:literature, french_literature, 19th_century, decadence, symbolism, poetry, 1015

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Divagations by Stéphane Mallarmé



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[author: stephane mallarmé]'s poetry is often absolutely untranslatable [but listen to the music in a line such as "abolit le bibelot d'inanité sonore"], and his brilliant prose ain't easy either, but ripe with new directions and often still virgin soil. this editon tackles a good number with decent respect, rewarding attention. [speaking translation and [author: stephane mallarmé], it's interesting to read his translation of monsieur poë's raven (courbeau) and also his text book of english grammar (E.G., translating "matching" for pareil is on the dime, perfect anglo-sax, rather than the usual latinate "similar to."

baudelaire grabbed the heart

rimbaud aced the imagery

mallarmé caught the music of thought

(and lautrec cashed a check ... )
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  nobodhi | Apr 8, 2013 |
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"This is a book just the way I don't like them," the father of French Symbolism, Stéphane Mallarmé, informs the reader in his preface to Divagations: "scattered and with no architecture." On the heels of this caveat, Mallarmé's diverting, discursive, and gorgeously disordered 1897 masterpiece tumbles forth--and proves itself to be just the sort of book his readers like most.

The salmagundi of prose poems, prose-poetic musings, criticism, and reflections that is Divagations has long been considered a treasure trove by students of aesthetics and modern poetry. If Mallarmé captured the tone and very feel of fin-de-siècle Paris, he went on to captivate the minds of the greatest writers of the twentieth century--from Valéry and Eliot to Paul de Man and Jacques Derrida. This was the only book of prose he published in his lifetime and, in a new translation by Barbara Johnson, is now available for the first time in English as Mallarmé arranged it. The result is an entrancing work through which a notoriously difficult-to-translate voice shines in all of its languor and musicality.

Whether contemplating the poetry of Tennyson, the possibilities of language, a masturbating priest, or the transporting power of dance, Mallarmé remains a fascinating companion--charming, opinionated, and pedantic by turns. As an expression of the Symbolist movement and as a contribution to literary studies, Divagations is vitally important. But it is also, in Johnson's masterful translation, endlessly mesmerizing.

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