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The Testament of Cresseid & Seven Fables: Translated by Seamus Heaney Hardcover – 4 Jun 2009


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (4 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571249280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571249282
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 433,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Seamus Heaney’s translation of "The Testament of Cresseid & Seven Fables": “"The Testament of Cresseid "is a beautiful, rare work, unique in the history of literature for [the ‘recognition’] scene alone. Heaney has done us all a generous and graceful service.” —Ruth Padel, "Financial Times "“The wintry force and appeal of ["The Testament"] are certainly apparent in [Heaney’s] rendering . . . Read him and you’ll want to experience the original, too.” —Sean O’Brien, "The Sunday Times "(London) “"The Testament of Cresseid "is [Henryson’s] masterpiece, possibly the greatest short narrative poem of the Middle Ages. It mingles human sympathy, moral judgment, ironic awareness and grim humour in equal measure . . . [Heaney’s] translation of "The Testament "into modern English . . . is a reminder that translation is one of the glories of the English literary tradition.”

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The Testament of Cresseid & Seven Fables, translated by Seamus Heaney, is an exciting new translation of a classic poem by the renowned Irish poet and Nobel Laureate.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William D. Freeman on 18 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I quite enjoyed this volume. The subject matter here may not be as "meaty" as Heaney's translations of Sweeney and Beowulf, but as with those works the great Irish poet has produced a beautifully readable modern text.

The usual knock on Heaney's translations is that they contain more of his spirit than those of the original author, but that is to lose sight of the fact that these are translations. By all means read the original texts as well if you really want to get into the stories. At the same time, one can still appreciate the skill and results that go into producing these more accessible renditions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Ellerby on 19 Feb. 2010
Format: Hardcover
The books were sent to me in brilliant condition & very quickly.
The book itself was interesting and the Fables lovely & varied, I realy enjoyed them
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Southern on 9 Aug. 2009
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This is a beautiful book, with Henryson's 15th century Scots on one page and Heaney's witty translation facing it. Thus the reader can test Heaney's translations line by line, or allow himself to be lost in the rythms and images he creates for us. If you have ever wondered how Chaucer's tale of the Trojan war (Troilus and Criseyde)could have continued, here is a fascinating option. If you have never read Chaucer the morality tale speaks for itself. I dare say there has never been a more timely warning.
"Lovers beware and take good heed to whom
You give your love, for whom you suffer pain.
I tell you there are few enough among them
To be trusted to give true love back again."
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By Becky R. on 20 Jun. 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Lovely edition which arrived in good condition. Slight tear to the dust jacket. The only real negative is that the edition I received obviously came from a household who smoked heavily, as it absolutely REEKS of stale nicotine. Easily solved though, as I've now sprayed each page with perfume :) I recommend this book to anyone interested in the mythology of Troy, Chaucer, and Aesop's Fables. A good read.
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By Lulubeth on 29 Jan. 2014
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So delighted by Heaney's conversational, fluent style of translation of the Hendryson (reproduced in original form as well as in modern clothes) I bought this paperback and Kindle edition so I could carry it with me. The opportunity to compare texts of these haunting yet wholly down-to-earth medieval gems is priceless. Both are lovely, useful, treasurable editions.
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