Another Republic: 17 European and South American Writers by Italo Calvino, Julio Cortázar, Fernando Pessoa, Paul Celan,

By Italo Calvino, Julio Cortázar, Fernando Pessoa, Paul Celan, Nicanor Parra, Francis Ponge, Czesław Miłosz, Vasko Popa, Zbigniew Herbert, Henri Michaux, Jean Follian, Octavio Paz, Yehuda Amichai, Johannes Bobrowski, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Miroslav Holu

Editors: Charles Simic and Mark Strand
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A reliable selection--mainly of poems, but in addition a few decisions from Calvino. Many impressive authors, as you will see that from the checklist above. Paul Celan is winner of a Georg Buchner prize, and there's a pair Nobels up there too (Paz and Milosz).

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First released in 1976, this outstanding anthology from U.S. Poet Laureates, Charles Simic and Mark Strand, compiles a range of the best translated literature of the time, showcasing the then-little-known writers who had a profound effect at the present new release of poets.

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Drunk with hatred, he searches for it. But his friend is already far away. Emanglons cannot endure living in the same room with a fly. In their eyes the cohabitation has something monstrous about it. They feel deeply wounded, but more than that, diminished, de­ pressed, and some have been seen who could barely drag themselves out of doors. The great treachery is to enter the home of someone you intend to injure, provided with a fly hidden in your pocket, to let it loose in the dining room and then to act the part of the man who has been insulted.

Then he was born of a trombone and the trombone nursed him for thirteen months, then he was weaned and entrusted to the sand which stretched everywhere for this was the desert. And none but the son of the trombone can nourish himself in the desert, none but he and the camel, then he was born of a woman and greatly surprised, and, reflecting upon her breast, he kept sucking, he 46 / HENRI MICHAUX kept spitting out he no longer knew what, he noted next that this was a woman although nobody had ever made the slightest allusion to this subject to him, he began to raise his head, all by himself, to look at her with a perspicacious little eye, but the perspicacity was only a glimmer, the astonishment was very much greater and, con­ sidering his age, his great pleasure was still to make glub glub glub, and to nestle upon her breast, that lovely window pane, and to suck again and again.

But the other has his eye on you, you may be sure! He watches your pockets, your collar, your sleeves, he suspects immediately that there’s a fly in this visit. So you must act prudently. As in everything else, you must be skillful, and if you get a good chance, don’t think that your work is over with. It was during the great speech of Orname, the minister, that a fly was let loose in the hall to reduce him to helplessness and upset the assembly. The fly was so ingenuous as to alight on his nose.

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