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Obsessed with Language: A Sociolinguistic History of Quebec
Obsessed with Language
A Sociolinguistic History of Quebec
Chantal Bouchard, Luise von Flotow
2009
A fascinating study of the French-Canadian dialect, this insightful analysis examines the intimate relationship between Quebec and its heartily defended dialect, from 19th-century Parisian French to the joual of the 1960s.
Of Love
Paul Bélanger, Judith Elaine Cowan
2021
With echoes of Jacques Brault, Simone Weil, Baudelaire and Petrarch, in Of Love, Paul Bélanger continues his poetic quest for the sources of spiritual ecstasy. In this "body of song," the quest includes a series of distinct women as representatives of the Muse: an exciting black woman; a woman met...
Of Snow, of Soul
Jüri Talvet, H.L. Hix
2010
Of Snow, of Soul offers a substantial selection from each of Talvet's three most recent poetry books, Kas sul viinamarju ka on? (Do You Also Have Grapes?, 2001), Unest, lumest (Of Dreams, of Snow, 2005) and Silmad peksavad une seinu (Eyes Beat the Walls of Sleep, 2008).
Olivo Oliva
Philippe Poloni, David Homel
2006
This fantastical novel opens with Pina, a young Sicilian woman, being seduced by the son of her father's archenemy under a heavily-laden olive tree in her family's orchard. Fate plays a cruel trick on Pina when her lover is killed and she gives birth to a half-human, half-olive son. Named...
Passenger: Selected Poems
Passenger
Selected Poems
Antonio Porta, Pasquale Verdicchio
2000
Passenger is a selection of Antonio Porta's works that were published between 1958 and 1979. These years represent Porta's evolution during and after his Novissimi period. What is offered here is the writing of a highly productive first-class poet. Antonio Porta died in 1988.
Pellucid Waters: Selected Poems
Pellucid Waters
Selected Poems
Claude Péloquin, Lucie Ranger
1998
Claude Péloquin wrote his first book of poetry Jéricho in 1963, which immediately established him as a leading avant-garde poet. This translation, Pellucid Waters, gathers poems which he wrote in the 1960s.
Pondering the Weight of Being: Selected Poems (1944-2013)
Pondering the Weight of Being
Selected Poems (1944-2013)
Giorgio Orelli, Marco Sonzogni, Ross Woods
2015
Critics include Orelli among the so-called post-hermetic poets, aligning him with one of Italy's most distinctive literary schools: the Linea Lombarda. Orelli's poetry, however, eludes pigeonholing. The phonosymbolism enveloping his verse, combined with sharpness of observation, elegance of diction, and irony of tone, make his poetry distinctive and exacting. Readers,...
Portrait of a husband with the ashes of his wife
Pan Bouyoucas, Sheila Fischman
2018
Portrait of a Husband with the Ashes of His Wife addresses themes of destiny and the repercussions of our choices. Before she dies, actress Alma Joncas instructs her husband to bury her ashes where she was happiest. He decides that was their garden. But relatives, friends and Alma's colleagues disagree....
Portraits of Absence
Fabiano Alborghetti, Marco Sonzogni, Ross Woods
2017
Portraits of Absence is poetry of witness, of unflinching eyewitness accounts of atrocities--the devil's definition of humanity. Fabiano Alborghetti's words, unfolding with machine-gun hiccoughs and staccato rhythms, spaces where the dead drop and the living fall, weeping, are tactile, palpable, sonnets of wreckage and ruin. Consider him a 21st-century Wilfred...
This work of fusion moves beyond memoir to become a juggling act of reality and imagination. The narrative travels through melded panoramas of past and present, this country, the others, certainties and doubts. Inserts of fiction--revealing ties between life and writing--enhance the journey.
Quartz and Mica
Yolande Villemaire, Judith Elaine Cowan
1987
A translation of a collection of poems, many of which are set in New York City as the poet travels through an imaginary landscape.
Rooms
Louise Dupré, Karen Isabel Ocaña
2017
Rooms is lyrical and meditative, painterly, erotic and philosophical. The book is thematically and structurally a unity, but a unity of many parts, one and multiple. Rooms, many-chambered, purposeful and highly stylized yet light, light and airy as a beehive. Rooms plays like a late 20th century blues-inflected jazz. There...
Sarrasine: A Screenplay
Sarrasine
A Screenplay
Paul Tana, Bruno Ramirez, Tony Nardi, Robert Gray
1996
In Montreal, at the beginning of the century, an Italian accidentally shot and killed a French Canadian. For this he was sentenced to death. The judge had intended to set an example: he wished to discipline those foreigners who had the regrettable habit of carrying weapons and taking justice into...
Secret Transfusions
Samuel Beckett, Marco Sonzogni
2010
Secret Transfusions is the first dual-language annotated edition of Samuel Beckett's translations of Italian literature (Comisso, Franchi and Montale) since these translations were published in the Modernist literary journal This Quarter in 1930. This early work already displays Beckett's genius for language and for translation as original writing.
Sleepless Nights and Days of Glory
Jonathan Kaplansky, Hélène Rioux
2019
Tragedy at Montreal's End of the World restaurant. A little marriage fatigue, a cottage to sell and a woman in cashmere: suddenly twenty seven years of conjugal life are swept away. Jean-Charles has left his wife. And with her goes the charm the restaurant possessed, where simple food was served...
Smile, you're getting old!
Évelyne Wilwerth, Christine Tipper
2011
Surely a woman who chooses a white rat as a pet and calls him Mr. Loverat is worthy of our attention. Ginny is slightly crazy - she takes her rat to a posh restaurant! And she jumps on the helter-skelter ride of life. In this fun and questioning journey from...
Snow Drifts, I Sing: Selected Poems
Snow Drifts, I Sing
Selected Poems
Juhan Liiv, Jüri Talvet, H.L. Hix
2013
Juhan Liiv (1864-1913) has the same significance for Estonian culture that Federico García Lorca and T.S. Eliot have for modern culture created, respectively, in Spanish and English. Liiv's existential-patriotic and intimate-holistic lyrics have had an impact across Estonian society. Rebellion against all models and fashions existing in poetry unites...
Speak Only of the Moon: A New Translation of Rumi
Speak Only of the Moon
A New Translation of Rumi
E.D. Blodgett, Manijeh Mannani
2017
As readers everywhere of the Sufi poet Rumi know, his thought is at once profound and perennially fresh. It is sometimes forgotten, however, by those who rely on translations, that he was a poet most at home in a poetry of constraints. The intention of this book is to give...
Star of Free Will
Maria Luisa Spaziani, Carol Lettieri, Irene Marchegiani Jones
1996
Amidst the many literary movements that have characterized Italian poetry since World War II, Spaziani has carved out her own lyrical voice, using striking imagery, complex metrics and classical control to evoke the disorder of the postmodern world. Her poetry has been translated into numerous languages and has appeared in...
Stone Dream
Madeleine Gagnon, Andrea Moorhead
2010
Although Madeleine Gagnon's work is firmly rooted in North American mythology, history, and culture, she has published significant works dealing with the situation of women in war-torn countries and the impact of prolonged suffering on people's minds and spirits. In Stone Dream Gagnon takes us on the ultimate trip a...
Stones into Bread
Vito Teti, Francesco Loriggio, Damiano Pietropaolo
2018
This is a book about a small Southern Italian village and its offshoots in Toronto. It's about bread and figs and food in general, about Carnival and pilgrimages to religious sanctuaries, about fathers, mothers and children, about migrating and about remaining, about yearning to leave if you've stayed and yearning...
Stones to Harvest / Escarmouches de la Chair
Arlette Francière, Henry Beissel
2022
Stones to Harvest/Escarmouches de la Chair, a lyrical cycle of 47 poems, sets out the four seasons in remarkable and very concrete images drawn from the flora and fauna of Eastern Ontario and Southern Quebec, where Beissel lived and worked. He explores these landscapes with remarkable specificity, though his approach...
Tell Me What Moves You
Philippe Haeck, Antonio D'Alfonso
2020
Haeck's intensity is such that he needs to use the fragment to complete an on-going project of finding his way to luminosity. Behind a deliberate modesty, the output is voluminous. Never boastful, Haeck introduces his prose as notes, poem-essay, poem, life-poem, life-novel, as if what he wrote did not merit...
Tell the Oak Tree to Grow Faster: Selected Aphorisms
Maria Luisa Spaziani, Marco Sonzogni, Bob Lowe
2010
Tell the Oak Tree to Grow Faster is the first book of Maria Luisa Spaziani's aphorisms in English translation. Linking aphorism and poetry, she "shows no trace of hypocrisy," as Gino Ruozzi observes, and "her pungent and elitist dictates scourge accepted ideas and cut to the quick a lot of...
Ten Letters to Montaigne
H.L. Hix, Jüri Talvet
2019
Socrates looked expectantly to the afterlife, when he would be able to converse with the wisest of the honored dead. Jüri Talvet has elected not to wait, but instead to begin his conversations with the wise in this life. In these ten letters, Talvet has entered into conversation with...
The Absolute Is a Round Die
José Acquelin, Hugh Hazelton
2014
The Absolute Is a Round Die is a work of metaphysical meditation, a verbal mural painting, a restless search for a way to speak the unspeakable, know the unknowable, attain the unattainable. It travels through Middle Eastern sensuality and mysticism, seeking the transcendence within what is at hand, discovering the invisible.
The Alchemy of the Body and Other Poems
Juan Garcia, Marc Plourde
1983
I listened to your prayer, I listened to the sun burning in the leaves, I listened to it passing very near to men and women in a state of quiet possession, I listened from a distance to the inner-life lived out and I could no longer distinguish between night and...
The Anarchist Banker: A new Interpretation and a new English Translation with the original Portuguese Edition
The Anarchist Banker
A new Interpretation and a new English Translation with the original Portuguese Edition
Fernando Pessoa, Richard Schain
2018
The story of The Anarchist Banker takes place in a Lisbon café where the narrator meets an old friend, now a wealthy banker. He questions his friend about his anarchist origins and discovers to his amazement that the banker still considers himself to be an anarchist. The story revolves around...
The Blue Whale
Stanislao Nievo, Gaetano Rando
2000
The captivating story of a close encounter between a whale and a woman told from the perspective of both protagonists.
The Blueness of Light: Selected Poems: 1988-2002
The Blueness of Light
Selected Poems: 1988-2002
Louise Dupré, Antonio D'Alfonso
2005
Man and woman emerge from the night and wager everything they have in order to assure their own survival. Intransigence of this kind is tolerable only if tempered by tenderness, and we find plenty of gentleness in these pages. This is a translation of selected poems which Louise Dupré herself...
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