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    DescriptionFrom the critically acclaimed poet and classicist Anne Carson: a brilliant new translation of the work of Sappho, together with the original Greek. During her life on the island of Lesbos, Sappho is said to have composed nine books of lyrics. Only one poem has survived complete. In IF NOT, WINTER, Carson presents all the extant fragments of Sappho's verse, employing brackets and white space to denote missing text - allowing the reader to imagine the poems as they were written. Carson says of her method of translation: 'I like to think that, the more I stand out of the way, the more Sappho shows through.' And certainly her translation illuminates Sappho's reflections on love and desire, her companions and rivals, the goddess Aphrodite, her own daughter, Kleis. IF NOT, WINTER gives us an extraordinary ancient poet brought alive by a brilliantly empathetic contemporary poet. Complete with Carson's introduction and notes, it will become the standard translation of Sappho for our time.

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    If Not, Winter
    Fragments of Sappho
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Anne Carson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 285 g
    ISBN 13: 9781844080816
    ISBN 10: 1844080811

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    BIC subject category V2: DSC
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AHA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25720
    BISAC V2.8: LIT014000, LIT004190
    DC21: 884.01
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004130
    BIC subject category V2: 2AHA
    LC classification: PA4408.E
    Thema V1.0: DSBB, DSC
    Thema language qualifier V1.0: 2AHA
    Little, Brown Book Group
    Imprint name
    Virago Press Ltd
    Publication date
    06 November 2003
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Anne Carson is the Director of Graduate Studies, Classics, at McGill University. She was twice a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and has been the recipient of a 1996 Lannan Award and a 1997 Pushcart Prize for poetry. She was the recipient of the 2001 T.S. Eliot prize for poetry.
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    a superb version...these new poems, made by Carson out of Sappho, are subtle, beautiful, precise, moving. Margaret Reynolds, THE TIMES This collection of her [Sappho's] fragments gives you everything, for the first time... INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY The beautiful blur of Sappho's work, the rhythms, the ornate grammar, the singing sounds she teases out of rare words...are impossible to match. DAILY TELEGRAPH Imaginatively presented and superbly prefaced, this collection is both heartrending and uplifiting. INDEPENDENT