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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd (30 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847771416
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847771414
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rimbaud 's epoch-making poems come through in all their bizarre originality, their brusque, unsettling freshness. --John Timpane

About the Author

Rimbaud, born in 1854, started to write at an early age. By 17 he had written his most famous poem, 'The Drunken Boat'. He then embarked on a turbulent homosexual relationship with the poet Verlaine, from which came some of their most original work, including A Season in Hell and Illuminations. Rimbaud rejected writing at the age of 20. After years of travelling and gun-running in Africa, he died in 1891, aged 37. Editor Biography Mark Treharne taught in the University of Warwick before becoming a freelance translator. Currently he is translating Proust's Le Cote des Guermantes.

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I read a review in the Guardian Saturday Review which encouraged ne to investigate this work. The translation seems to this retired teacher of French to be more accurate than the original! It goes beyond the words to an area where translators usually fear to go! I am not a fan of the unhygenic M. Rimbaud, but just generally interested in French music poetry and song, and this has opened my eyes and mind to new horizons. The title recalled to me the song cycle Les Illuminations by the young Benjamin Britten, which also enthralled me, so although I need to rereadthis book a number of times, I do not regret buying it for one instant.
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