The Lost Upland: Stories of Southwest France

The Lost Upland: Stories of Southwest France

by W. S. Merwin
     
 

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In The Lost Upland, W. S. Merwin vividly conveys his intimate knowledge of the people and the countryside in this ancient part of France (home of the Lascaux caves). In three narratives of small-town life, Merwin shows how the past is still palpably present. See more details below

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In The Lost Upland, W. S. Merwin vividly conveys his intimate knowledge of the people and the countryside in this ancient part of France (home of the Lascaux caves). In three narratives of small-town life, Merwin shows how the past is still palpably present.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times Books of the Century
...[A]gile eloquence....so sensuous that one feels one has known this upland for a lifetime (1992).
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Still divided by Roman walls, the Languedoc region of southern France, home to the Lascaux caves, cradles an endangered small-town and rural folk. Its people supported a highly effective Resistance movement during WW II and still maintain age-old traditions in a landscape dotted with empty buildings, from shepherds' shelters to shuttered castles. Poet, translator and journalist Merwin pays homage to the region in an enchanting book suffused with the meticulous lyricism and keen observation of his poetry. He visits chestnut forests and an ancient mill farm, tends a garden in a ruined village, investigates sinister events like sheep rustling and appreciates vernacular architecture from pigsties to Gothic churches. His portrait of a conniving, disdainful, down-at-heels nobleman, the Court d'Allers (``Fatty''), is full of wit. Another native, resourceful Blackbird, a wine merchant and hotelkeeper who resolves to teach his precarious trade to an indifferent nephew, seems to embody the spirit of the place.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805025934
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/20/1993
Edition description:
REP
Pages:
320

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