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Cinepoems and Others free pdf Benjamin Fondane (1898-1945) was that rarest of poets: an experimental formalist with a powerfully lyric poetic style: a near-surrealist who embraced and produced his own version of existential philosophy: a Romanian poet who wrote in French: a self-consciously Jewish poet of diaspora and loss, whose last manuscripts made it out of Drancy, just before his deportation to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945, where he was gassed and murdered, yet whose poetry speaks of a plenitude, an overflowing. Writers as diverse as Jean Cocteau and the Russian philosopher Leonid Shestov praised Fondane's work during his lifetime: Man Ray photographed Fondane: Lionel Abel translated him and published his work in The Partisan Review, during The Partisan Review's heyday. After his death in the Shoah, the poetry might have been forgotten, had not writers like E M Cioran kept the memory of the work alive- now in France, Fondane's poetry is again widely available. American readers will be struck by Fondane's composition of the "Cine-poems", poems in the form of film scripts, which, in their gesture towards the silence of the image, employ words at the same moment as they despair of them, and as they participate in the surrealist discourse of the 1920's. Just as striking is the philosophical vein of thought that runs through Fondane's poems, as he interrogates the possibility of poetic knowledge. Always Fondane's lyricism - effusive, tragic, charismatic, irresistible, Eastern European - drives the writing. Finally, Fondane's secular/mystical Judaism, and his embrace of Jerusalem over Athens, grounds his poetry in the calamity - and imaginative triumph - of European Jewry. This is the first book-length translation of Fondane's poetry into English. Poems included in this collection are translated by Mitch Abidor, Marianne Bailey, E M Cioran, Joseph Donahue, Eric Freedman, Henry King, Andrew Rubens, Nathaniel Rudavsky-Brody, and Leonard Schwartz.

About Benjamin Fondane

Benjamin Fondane (1898-1944), born Benjamin Wechsler, was a French-Romanian intellectual and surrealist poet. In 1923, Fondane fled from Romania to France, wherehe became part of a vibrant philosophical and intellectual network of Marxists, Catholics, Protestants, surrealists, and existentialists. Fondane also spent time in Buenos Aires, butreturned to France where he worked until his arrest in 1944, after which he was deported to Auschwitz, where he was killed. Leonard Schwartz is the author of several poetry collections, including IF, At Element, The Library of Seven Readings and A Message Back and Other Furors. He teaches poetics at The Evergreen State College in Washington.

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Author : Benjamin Fondane
Publisher : NYRB Poets
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ISBN : 1590179005
EAN : 9781590179000
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Number of Pages : 136 pages
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Language : English
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