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By Daniel Mendelsohn, Constantine P. Cavafy

“Cavafy’s particular tone—wistfully elegiac yet resolutely dry-eyed—has captivated English-language poets from W. H. Auden to James Merrill to Louise Glück. . . . Mendelsohn’s new translations not just convey us towards one of many nice poets of the 20th century; [they] additionally reinvigorate our dating to the English language . . . Like Richard Howard’s Baudelaire or Robert Pinsky’s Dante, Mendelsohn’s Cavafy is itself a piece of art.” —The long island occasions ebook Review

An notable literary occasion: Daniel Mendelsohn’s acclaimed two-volume translation of the full poems of C. P. Cavafy—including the 1st English translation of the poet’s ultimate Unfinished Poems—now released in a single good-looking variation and that includes the fullest literary commentaries on hand in English, by means of the well known critic, student, and foreign best-selling writer of The Lost.

No sleek poet so vividly delivered to existence the background and tradition of Mediterranean antiquity; no author dared holiday, with such taut power, the early-twentieth-century taboos surrounding homoerotic hope; no poet sooner than or due to the fact has so gracefully melded elegy and irony because the Alexandrian Greek poet Constantine Cavafy (1863–1933). even if advising Odysseus on his go back to Ithaca or confronting the poet with the ghosts of his adolescence, those verses brilliantly make the historic personal—and vice versa. To his profound exploration of longing and loneliness, destiny and loss, reminiscence and identification, Cavafy brings the historian’s assessing eye besides the poet’s compassionate middle.

After greater than a decade of labor and examine, Mendelsohn—a classicist who on my own between Cavafy’s translators stocks the poet’s deep intimacy with the traditional world—gives readers complete entry to the genius of Cavafy’s verse: the sensuous rhymes, wealthy assonances, and powerful rhythms of the unique Greek that experience eluded past translators. entire with the incomplete Poems that Cavafy left in drafts while he died—a amazing, hitherto unknown discovery that remained within the Cavafy Archive in Athens for decades—and with an in-depth creation and a valuable observation that situates each one paintings in a wealthy historic, literary, and biographical context, this revelatory translation is a reason for party: the definitive presentation of Cavafy in English.

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Faulkner describes this hunting in completely flat language. TIie Negro is finally recaptured, and given a bowl bf water to arint<. As he irinks thirsrily,- the wate-r rl-opr- over his chin and cuts paths down through the caked mud on his body. This is the end of the itory; the horror -"of the Negro being- buried alive - is left to the imaginati"on. ehow get his own back on 'reality'. He doesn't like the world he lives in. ) He prefers turning to the past. And, like Invecraft, hq lpends much of hiJ creative life making ihrt past more circumstantial and credible.

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Ft * Its human position; how it takes place ", Tflhile someone is eating or opening a window or iust walking dully along. . But it should be noteC that Flemingway pushed the method to its Iimits, and stitrl refused_to drop it. Th; technique of hints and understaternents c*3 be applied CI{rly to a narrod variety of situations. There has to be sorrre powerful emotion with which the reader ca; sympathise. The technique is at its most rnoving in A Farewell to Arms where the hero, instead of describing his afrny after the death of Catherine, merely rnentions that he walf,ed UaCt to the hotel in the rain.

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