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    DescriptionFirst published in 1886, Arthur Rimbaud s Illuminations?the work of a poet who had abandoned poetry before the age of twenty-one?changed the language of poetry. Hallucinatory and feverishly hermetic, it is an acknowledged masterpiece of world literature, still unrivaled for its haunting blend of sensuous detail and otherworldly astonishment. In Ashbery's translation of this notoriously elusive text, the acclaimed poet and translator lends his inimitable voice to a venerated classic. W. H. Auden recognized the strong affinities between Ashbery's poetry and Rimbaud's Illuminations in his 1956 introduction to Ashbery's first book, Some Trees, noting that "the imaginative life of the human individual stubbornly continues to live by the old magical notions." And it is here, in the "crystalline jumble" and "disordered collection of magic lantern slides" of Illuminations, as Ashbery writes in the Preface, that we can rediscover this essential lineage. "Absolute modernity" was for Rimbaud "acknowledging the simultaneity of all of life, the condition that nourishes poetry at every second. [...] If we are absolutely modern?and we are?it's because Rimbaud commanded us to be." Ashbery's idiomatic and lyrical translations of these forty-four texts convey the originality of Rimbaud's vision to English-speaking readers of a new century."


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    Title
    Illuminations
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Arthur Rimbaud, Translated by John Ashbery
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 213 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    Language
    English
    French
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780393076356
    ISBN 10: 0393076350
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.1
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: PO
    Libri: I-PO
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11500
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET050
    Ingram Theme: CULT/FRANCE
    B&T General Subject: 640
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 90
    B&T Approval Code: A24244020
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 17
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 841.8
    BISAC V2.8: POE005030
    LC classification: PQ2387.R5 I413 2011
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: DCF
    Edition
    Bilingual edition
    Edition statement
    Bilingual
    Publisher
    WW Norton & Co
    Imprint name
    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    11 October 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    To translate from one language into another is to risk losing the force, the soul, of the original. But not in this instance of John Ashberry's splendid version of Rimbaud's Illuminations. "Wise music is missing from our desire," he writes in his English version of the last line of "Conte" ("Tale"), losing neither the substance nor the truth of Rimbaud's great poetry. --Paula Fox, author of Desperate Characters"