English in Mallarmé

Now available from Blart Books in London:

English in Mallarmé
by Peter Manson

With an introduction by Ellen Dillon.

English in Mallarmé by Peter Manson

English in Mallarmé

Manson reveals English words hiding within the original French text of Mallarmé’s poems.

“These pages are strewn with shreds of words: unevenly dispersed, semantically uncomfortable in each other’s company, they stumble together to make momentary meaning before drifting apart on the white space of the page.”

(The rest of Ellen Dillon’s preface can be read by clicking here and then following the “Preview” link below the book cover.)

84pp, £7.00 in UK (see website for overseas rates).  ISBN 978-1-326-06629-1.  November 2014.

Available post-free from The Book Depository.

Thanks to Stephen Emmerson and Lucy Harvest Clarke.

Read a review by Rebecca Varley-Winter at the Glasgow Review of Books website.

Readers in search of more conventional translations of Mallarmé’s Poésies may prefer The Poems in Verse from Miami University Press.  I’m just saying.

Sample poem:


Le silence déjà funèbre d’une moire
Dispose plus qu’un pli seul sur le mobilier
Que doit un tassement du principal pilier
Précipiter avec le manque de mémoire.

Notre si vieil ébat triomphal du grimoire,
Hiéroglyphes dont s’exalte le millier
À propager de l’aile un frisson familier !
Enfouissez-le-moi plutôt dans une armoire.

Du souriant fracas originel haï
Entre elles de clartés maîtresses a jailli
Jusque vers un parvis pour leur simulacre,

Trompettes tout haut d’or pâmé sur les vélins
Le dieu Richard Wagner irradiant un sacre
Mal tu par l’encre même en sanglots sibyllins.

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