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Posthumous Diary / Diario Postumo

Posthumous Diary / Diario Postumo

by Jonathan Galassi (Introduction), Eugenio Montale
A seemingly off-the-cuff songbook of late poems dealing with aging, memory, belief and illusion.


A seemingly off-the-cuff songbook of late poems dealing with aging, memory, belief and illusion.

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Publishers Weekly
Many American readers enjoy the Italian poet Eugenio Montale (1896-1981) in Jonathan Galassi's celebrated translations. Now Galassi (editor-in-chief of Farrar, Straus & Giroux) offers the first English translation of Montale's controversial Posthumous Diary. These fragmentary verses appeared in Italian after the poet's death, in editions supervised by his companion, Cima Isella; some Italian critics think she helped write it. Whatever their source, the disturbing and charming poems provide a window into the fears, pride and palimpsests of old age: "The bard is dead, long live his terminator." (Dec.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1975, the great Italian poet Montale remains little known to English-language audiences despite the efforts of William Arrowsmith, Charles Wright, and other gifted translators. His compact, allusive style does not share the easy surrealism of the more popular Neruda or the grim impressiveness of Lorca or Akhmatova. Galassi (editor in chief, Farrar) has done as much as anyone to combat that ignorance with his series of fine, clear translations of several individual volumes and with the Collected Poems, 1920-1954 (LJ 8/98). With this Posthumous Diary, he continues the project of bringing Montale into English, creating a wholly worthy successor to earlier installments. In Italy, the Diario was the center of a storm of contention over authenticity. Suffice it to say that this Montale, who presented this book poem by poem to his last muse, is a simpler and more accessible poet which may be a little disquieting to the practiced Montale reader but makes the book a fine introduction to his manner and method. While these poems speak of the ephemeral and the occasional, they give a taste of Montale's preoccupations, doubts, and hopes: "When the light comes we'll sail/ between spires and shining crystals/ of the city where sirens sing,/ and the eye will wander far." Highly recommended. Graham Christian, SunGard Trading & Risk Syst., Boston Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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