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Rue Traversiere
Author: Yves Bonnefoy

ISBN: 9780857422279
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 88
Published: 28 February 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 14.61 x 1.91
Description:
Praised by Paul Auster as "one of the rare poets in the history of literature to have sustained the highest level of artistic excellence throughout an entire lifetime," Yves Bonnefoy is widely considered the foremost French poet of his generation. Proving that his prose is just as lyrical, Rue Traversiere, written in 1977, is one of his most harmonious works. Each of the fifteen discrete or linked texts, whose lengths range from brief notations to long, intense, self-questioning pages, is a work of art in its own right: brief and richly suggestive as haiku, or long and intricately wrought in syntax and thought; and all are as rewarding in their sounds and rhythms, and their lightning flashes of insight, as any sonnet. "I can write all I like; I am also the person who looks at the map of the city of his childhood, and doesn't understand," says the section that gives the book its title, as he revisits childhood cityscapes and explores the tricks memory plays on us.

A mixture of genres-the prose poem, the personal essay, quasi-philosophical reflections on time, memory, and art-this is a book of both epigrammatic concisio...

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