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The Flowers of Evil (1857)

by Charles Baudelaire

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This translation of Baudelaire's magnum opus, perhaps the most powerful and influential book of verse from the 19th century, won the American Book Award for Translation. And the honor was well-deserved, for this is one of Richard Howard's greatest efforts. It's all here: a timeless translation, the complete French text, and Mazur's striking black and white monotypes in one elegant edition.… (more)
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English (46)  Spanish (8)  Italian (5)  French (5)  Catalan (4)  Portuguese (Brazil) (2)  Dutch (2)  Swedish (1)  Portuguese (Portugal) (1)  All languages (74)
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  archivomorero | Nov 9, 2022 |
From Paris to the stars to the depths of ones splenetic imagination the reader feels the power of this verse compilation. Whether there has ever been anything like it does not matter as even in our later age the poems strike deep and hard inside our humanity. Love and death and the dregs of desire that cannot be imagined and yet appears here in the verse of the great one - Baudelaire. ( )
  jwhenderson | Aug 12, 2022 |
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  archivomorero | Jun 27, 2022 |
Excellent although truncated illustrated edition of Baudelaire’s masterpiece. Large format is decorated with excellent black and white Deco/Decadent illustrations by [a:Beresford Egan|7212540|Beresford Egan|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/u_50x66-632230dc9882b4352d753eedf9396530.png]. Cover is a sort of op-art green glitter swirl that no photo does justice to. Leather binding. Limited and Numbered. A real book as art object sort of thing.

The poems are rendered into prose which is my preferred format for poetry translation (or otherwise free verse). There is just no other way to get a poet’s nuance when going from one language to another. Any translator that adds the constraint of making a translation rhyme is doomed to lose more meaning than with a good prose translation.

I’m not going to attempt a review of the poems themselves. Much better minds than mine have already done a better job than I could do. Suffice it to say that any devotee of the weird, Decadent, and horrible will enjoy. ( )
  Gumbywan | Jun 24, 2022 |
Dark, with some inspiring ones, like ... ( )
  m.belljackson | May 20, 2022 |
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Baudelaire, Charlesprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adam, AntoineEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Auerbach, ErichForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Björkeson, IngvarTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bufalino, GesualdoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Church, RichardIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Culler, JonathanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
De Nardis, LuigiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Decorte, BertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
DelacroixCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillion, GeorgeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Durry, Marie-JeannePrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Florenne, YvesEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Friedman, Florence Louiesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Houppermans, SjefEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Howard, RichardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Laver, JamesEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mazur, MichaelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McGowan, JamesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Millay, Edna St. VincentTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Millay, Edna St. VincentIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nylén, AnttiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pichois, ClaudeIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scholten, RobertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schwabe, CarlosIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, Paul J.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Teirlinck, HermanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thompson, Christopher S.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tremois, Pierre-YvesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Verstegen, PeterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Verstegen, PeterAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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AU POËTE IMPECCABLE

Au Parfait Magicien ès Lettres Françaises
A Mon Très-cher et Très Vénéré

MAÎTRE ET AMI
Théophile Gautier

Avec Les Sentiments
De La Plus Profonde Humilité
Je Dédie
Ces Fleurs Maladives
C.B.
TO THE IMPECCABLE POET

To The Perfect Magician of French Letters
To My Dearest and Most Admired

MASTER AND FRIEND
Théophile Gautier

With Feelings
Of The Most Profound Humility
I Dedicate
These Sickly Flowers
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La sottise, l’erreur, le péché, la lésine,/
Occupent nos esprits et travaillent nos corps,/
Et nous alimentons nos aimables remords,/
Comme les mendiants nourrissent leur vermine.
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Verse-nous ton poison pour qu’il nous réconforte !/
Nous voulons, tant ce feu nous brûle le cerveau,/
Plonger au fond du gouffre, Enfer ou Ciel, qu’importe ?/
Au fond de l’Inconnu pour trouver du nouveau !
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there are quite a few different versions of this book containing more or less poems (most notable the 6 condemned verses miss often and the "Tableaux parisiens" have been added in newer editions. (see http://fleursdumal.org/ for details)
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This translation of Baudelaire's magnum opus, perhaps the most powerful and influential book of verse from the 19th century, won the American Book Award for Translation. And the honor was well-deserved, for this is one of Richard Howard's greatest efforts. It's all here: a timeless translation, the complete French text, and Mazur's striking black and white monotypes in one elegant edition.

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"I fiori del male" il capolavoro di Charles Baudelaire, oramai considerato da tutti come li padre del Decadentismo e della poesia moderna tout court, raccoglie liriche straordinarie per la perfezione stilistica e la complessa varietà dei contenuti e dei temi. Si tratta di testi di una bellezza strana e misteriosa, di un'originalità tormentata ed angosciosa che talora suscita sgomento. Baudelaire è il poeta della sofferenza, della nostalgia, del rimorso, sempre alla ricerca di una perfezione pressoché irraggiungibile; ma anche tra i più lucidi, geniali critici dell'arte e della letteratura del suo tempo, capace di analizzarne e riconoscerne la potente carica simbolica.
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