New Impressions of Africa (Facing Pages)

New Impressions of Africa (Facing Pages)

Raymond Roussel

Poet, novelist, playwright, and chess fanatic, Raymond Roussel (1877-1933) used to be one of many French belle époque's so much compelling literary figures. in the course of his lifetime, Roussel's paintings was once vociferously championed through the surrealists, yet by no means completed the common approval for which he yearned. New Impressions of Africa is definitely Roussel's such a lot awesome paintings. given that its e-book in 1932, this bizarre poem has slowly received cult prestige, and its admirers have integrated Salvador Dalì--who dubbed it the main "ungraspably poetic" paintings of the era--André Breton, Jean Cocteau, Marcel Duchamp, Michel Foucault, Kenneth Koch, and John Ashbery.

Roussel begun writing New Impressions of Africa in 1915 whereas serving within the French military in the course of the First international struggle and it took him seventeen years to accomplish. "It is tough to think the colossal period of time composition of this type of verse requires," he later commented. Mysterious, unnerving, hilarious, haunting, either carefully logical and dizzyingly elegant, it really is really one of many hidden masterpieces of twentieth-century modernism.

This bilingual version of New Impressions of Africa offers the unique French textual content and the English poet Mark Ford's lucid, idiomatic translation on dealing with pages. it is usually an creation outlining the poem's atypical constitution and evolution, notes explaining its literary and ancient references, and the fifty-nine illustrations anonymously commissioned via Roussel, through a detective service provider, from Henri-A. Zo.

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