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Title:
Carnac
Author:
Guillevic, Eugène, 1907-1997.
Uniform Title:
Carnac. English & French
Publication Information:
Newcastle upon Tyne : Bloodaxe Books, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
160 pages ; 22 cm.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781852243937
Format :
Book

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Summary

Eugene Guillevic, who died in 1997, was one of France's most important contemporary poets. Dating from 1961, Carnac marks the beginning of Guillevic's mature life as a poet. A single poem divided into several parts, it evokes the rocky, sea-bound, un


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Another sterling bilingual entry in Bloodaxe's contemporary French poetry series, this translation by distinguished Irish poet John Montague of Guillevic, a Breton who used his Celtic surname, contains a rich, long sequence of stark, short lyrics set in Brittany's megalith-strewn coastal landscape. Sea and stone are the central images, with their flux and stability, abundance and sterility, vastness and concision. Many poems seem to be oracles hewn from the stone of a menhir: "Have you implored the rocks some times to guard your nights?" Guillivec asks. Others are as fluid as the ocean: "Woman dressed in skin / You, who mould our hands / Without the sea in your eyes / Without that sea-taste we seize in you." Flinty and sparse and full of tensile strength, Guillevic's French is well matched by Montague's strong and sensuous English. --Patricia Monaghan