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Beatitudes

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In this postmodern 'sermon on the mount,' Herménégilde Chiasson has created a tour de force at once compassionate and complex, thoughtful and illuminating. A meditation on what it means to be human, Beatitudes explores the common bonds of humanity, probing our notions of who we are and who we might become.

Beginning in mid-sentence and ending not with a period but a comma, Beatitudes extends beyond time and space, with beautiful lines that ...

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Overview

In this postmodern 'sermon on the mount,' Herménégilde Chiasson has created a tour de force at once compassionate and complex, thoughtful and illuminating. A meditation on what it means to be human, Beatitudes explores the common bonds of humanity, probing our notions of who we are and who we might become.

Beginning in mid-sentence and ending not with a period but a comma, Beatitudes extends beyond time and space, with beautiful lines that continue to resonate long after they have been read.

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Editorial Reviews

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'A collection which resonates with humility, awe, and acceptance.' — Atlantic Books Today

"Lovely collection . . . his best and most important work to date." — Telegraph Journal

"Beautiful . . . powerful . . . complex . . . compassionate . . . a classic." — Daily Gleaner

"In translating Herménégilde Chiasson's Beatitudes, Jo-Anne Elder has met the challenges of both the emotionally charged content of the original, and its specific literary form, the litany. She has movingly rendered the complexity expressed in this contemporary "sermon on the mount," while providing an English text rich with sensuality, rhythm and a sense of communion" — quoted from the comments of the Governor General's Award for Literary Translation jury

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780864924865
  • Publisher: Goose Lane Editions
  • Publication date: 10/19/2007
  • Edition description: First edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Herménégilde Chiasson is one of Canada's most accomplished cultural icons. He is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, over 30 plays, and several collections of essays. A filmmaker, visual artist, curator, and widely published author, he has received numerous awards for his work, including the Governor General's Award for poetry, le prix France-Acadie, the prestigious Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and the Prix quinquennal Antonine-Maillet-Acadie Vie. In 2003, he was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick

Jo-Anne Elder is the editor of Ellipse. She has translated a dozen novels and poetry collections including Herménégilde Chiasson's Climates and Conversations, both of which were shortlisted for the Atlantic Poetry Prize.

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