Crystals in a Shock Wave - the Works of /Albert Russo/ et Son Oeuvre: The Works of /Albert Russo/ et Son Oeuvre

Crystals in a Shock Wave - the Works of /Albert Russo/ et Son Oeuvre: The Works of /Albert Russo/ et Son Oeuvre

by Albert Russo

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Overview

The works of Albert Russo of the past 40 years, in both English and French, reviewed and commented in these two languages, with essays and photos by the author.

excerpt of James Baldwin's letter:

Dear Albert Russo:

l've read everything you sent me, and I like your work very much indeed. It has a very gentle surface and a savage under-tow - the fiction - and I applaud the wicked portrait of Ionesco. You're a dangerous man. My friend, the Black woman novelist, Toni Morrison, knows what you are talking about. l'm in Paris on the 24th of this month and hope to see you.

all the best, James Baldwin.

ALBERT RUSSO. PAINTING THE TOWER OF BABEL. Hyde (Cheshire). New Hope International (UK) - in World Literature Today (USA)

Albert Russo's poetry deserves to be put before us in this handy and attractive format.

Each word is in its place, no other word would do, and extracting component strings of words by themselves do not constitute poetry to the extent they do within their completed whole, rather like jewels without settings. Yet there is nothing esoteric about his verse. To the contrary, simplicity rules, and accessibility is immediate, although successive readings do disclose certain cunning and bemused conceits invisible at first.

As proof, I can only quote one exemplary poem in its entirety, Expectancy.

there's a world at peace and there's a world at war the frontiers between the two shift and overlap like waves over the breakers at low tide and as you watch the evening news you feel your heart skitter across the water on the safe side or so you will yourself to believe but when in the dead of night you switch off the bedlamp the rumblings under your skin at first distant and familiar start sending out portentous signals then somewhere around the solar plexus there's an expectancy of pain searing as the alarm caused by misfired thunder it shoots through the arteries to the cortex making the flesh quiver in its wake and suddenly the echo of a reverberating crackle turns your entire body into an electric web so tightly packed you instinctively embrace all the destructive power of mankind's folly

This poem is not typical, since none of Russo's are. His poems manifest a vast capacity for experimentation in form and subject, surely a signpost of a poet still busily a-growing. Highly recommended.

L'oeuvre d'Albert Russo sur 40 ans, recensée en français et en anglais, avec ses propres essais, et ses photos.

James Baldwin: "J'aime votre écriture, car dans un style policé vous exprimez des sentiments violents, faisant éclater des vérités terrifiantes, Vous dérangez sans en avoir l'air."

"La nostalgie de l'enfance décrite par un grand écrivain: Albert Russo. Retenez bien ce nom. On en reparlera." Jean-Claude Bourret, critique littéraire

"Je ne peux résister au plaisir de vous féliciter. Tout cela est excellent. J'ai beaucoup aimé vos poèmes." Robert Goffin, de l'Académie Royale de Belgique.

"Il y a là une façon de conter qui va comme une rivière souterraine qui affleurerait de temps en temps pour replonger aussitôt. Pensée allusive, langue souvent trop chargée (comme cette nature tropicale dont vous parlez si bien), mots et images parfois maniérés, tout cela contribue à créer un climat chaud et blessé, un climat troublant. On ne l'oublie pas... dès les premières pages, on sent un ton nouveau auquel on ne peut rester indifférent."

Paul Willems, écrivain, poète et Directeur du Musée des Beaux-Arts (Bruxelles)

"Je viens de lire les deux volumes que vous m'avez envoyés et leur ton m'a beaucoup touché"Joseph Kessel, de l'Académie Française.

"Pierre Emmanuel (de l'Académie Française) tient à vous dire le plaisir qu'il a eu à lire ces pages à la fois difficiles, sensuelles et pleines d'humour."

"Le message humain, c'est cela le 'fétiche' qui fait vibrer les ouvrages d'Albert Russo. Une oeuvre retentissante." La Dépêche de Lu

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477532041
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/26/2012
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

Albert Russo who has published worldwide over 75 books of poetry, fiction and photography, in both English and French, his two mother tongues (Italian being his 'paternal' tongue; he also speaks Spanish and German and still has notions of Swahili), is the recipient of many awards, such as The New York Poetry Forum and Amelia (CA) awards, The American Society of Writers Fiction Award, The British Diversity Short Story Award and the Prix Colette, among others. His work has been translated into a dozen languages on the five continents. He has garnered several prizes for his photography books, Indie Excellence awards, among others. Some of his photos have been exhibited at the prestigious Museum of Photography in Lausanne, Switzerland. He was also a member of the 1996 jury for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature which often leads to the Nobel Prize of Literature.

Visit the author's three literary websites:www.albertrusso.euwww.albertrussobilingual.comwww.authorsden.com/albertrusso

Researchers and students of literature may now access theAlbert Russo Literary Archives inBrussels, Belgium, the capital of the European Union:ARCHIVES & MUSÉE DE LA LITTÉRATUREBibliothèque Royale Albert IerBoulevard de l'Empereur 41000 Bruxelles - Belgique

search / rechercher: Auteur Albert Russo http://www.aml-cfwb.be/rechercher/catalogue

Auteur bilingue (le français et l'anglais sont ses deux langues 'maternelles'), publié sur les cinq continents, Albert Russo a obtenu de nombreux prix littéraires, tant pour sa prose que pour sa poésie, dont le Prix Colette, The American Society of Writers Fiction Award, The British Diversity Short Story Award. Ses ouvrages ont été traduits dans une douzaine de langues, et ont été diffusés par le Service Mondial de la BBC. Il est juré du Prix Européen (avec Ionesco, jusqu'à la mort de ce dernier) et a siégé au jury du prestigieux Neustadt International Prize for Literature, antichambre du Prix Nobel. Son oeuvre a été reconnue par des écrivains tels que Joseph Kessel, James Baldwin, Pierre Emmanuel, Paul Willems, Douglas Parmee, et Gilles Perrault, entre autres.

sites littéraires d'Albert Russo: www.albertrusso.eu+ www.authorsden.com/albertrusso

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