Paris Spleen

Paris Spleen

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by Charles Baudelaire
     
 

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A brand new translation, with dual text, of one of the founding texts of literary modernism

 

Set in a modern, urban Paris, the prose pieces in this volume constitute a further exploration of the terrain Baudelaire had covered in his verse masterpiece, The Flowers of Evil: the city and its squalor and inequalities, the pressures of time

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A brand new translation, with dual text, of one of the founding texts of literary modernism

 

Set in a modern, urban Paris, the prose pieces in this volume constitute a further exploration of the terrain Baudelaire had covered in his verse masterpiece, The Flowers of Evil: the city and its squalor and inequalities, the pressures of time and mortality, and the liberation provided by the sensual delights of intoxication, art, and women. Published posthumously in 1869, The Spleen of Paris was a landmark publication in the development of the genre of prose poetry—a format which Baudelaire saw as particularly suited for expressing the feelings of uncertainty, flux, and freedom of his age—and one of the founding texts of literary modernism.

Editorial Reviews

John Randolph - Chicago Tribune
“The cadenced prose beats in perfect time with the pulse of the slumbering city, where only the strange is awake. The atmosphere is old, dirty, often sordid, and yet, somehow, glorious.... The translation is almost perfect.”
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"Sorrell has often dared to mirror more exactly than most previous translators Baudelaire's elaborate syntax. He has a point here, and his accurate versions give the reader a heady experience of the originals."  —Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847491497
Publisher:
Oneworld Classics
Publication date:
01/01/2011
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)

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Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) is most famous for his groundbreaking collection of verse The Flowers of Evil, but his essays, translations, and prose poems have been equally influential. Martin Sorrell is an acclaimed translator of French verse, including Rimbaud and Verlaine.

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