The Jonas Variations: A Literary Séance is a one-of-a-kind collection: free translations, imitations, variations, reverberations, and refutations of poems in other languages that inspired its authorpoet, writer and journalist George Jonasto words in English.
The poets span centuries; the languages include Latin, Arabic, French, German, Hungarian, Russian, and Spanish. A thumbnail portrait of each poet in the context of his times precedes Jonas's versions and re-visionings: poets as well known as Catullus, Dante, Baudelaire, Verlaine, Heine, and Rilke rub shoulders with names much less familiar to most readers. Jonas conjures up the spirits of his poets, dialogues with them, and in doing so gives them new life. This romp through multilingual literary history is at once a very personal project and an inspiring example of oneman's lifetime engagement with poetry.
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About the Author
George Jonas was a poet, novelist, playwright, journalist, and television producer. He contributed to many Canadian and international periodicals and newspapers and has written fifteen books, including several international bestsellers. Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team (Simon and Schuster, 1984) was adapted into the Academy Awardnominated film Munich in 2005. Jonas's most recent book is Reflections on Islam: Ideas, Opinions, Arguments (Key Porter, 2007), a collection of essays.