The Illuminations

Arthur Rimbaud

The Illuminations

Arthur Rimbaud

Distributed for Omnidawn Publishing, Inc.

120 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $15.95 ISBN: 9781890650360 Published April 2009
With perfect pitch for contemporary readers, Donald Revell’s new translation of The Illuminations offers all the immediacy, hallucinatory surreality, and wit of the intimate particularity that secured Rimbaud’s position as a major poet renowned for his strangely seductive power and innocence. Rimbaud was a dangerous and exhilarating force whose break with literary forms and conventions changed forever the way poems would be read and written. Published with the French on facing pages and with an insightful afterward by the translator, Donald Revell plunges readers into the heart of Rimbaud’s mysterious, revelatory beauty. This lucid and lively translation of a seminal work will show current readers of English all the ways that Rimbaud’s incandescence remains essential and relevant today.
Contents
Après le déluge / After the Flood • Enfance / Childhood • Conte / Tale • Parade / Circus Parade • Antique / Antique • Being Beauteous / Being Beauteous • Vies / Lives • Départ / Departure • Royauté / Royalty • À une raison / To a Reason • Matinee d’ivresse / Morning of Drunkenness • Phrases / Phrases • Ouvriers / Workers • Les Ponts / The Bridges • Ville / City • Ornières / Ruts • Villes (Ce sont des villes!...) / Cities • Vagabonds / Vagabonds • Villes (L’acropole officielle...) / Cities • Veillées / Vigils • Mystique / Mystic • Aube / Dawn • Fleurs / Flowers • Nocturne vulgaire / Crude Nocturne • Marine / Seascape • Fête d’hiver / Winter Festival •Angoisse / Agony • Métropolitain / Metropolitan •Barbe / Barbarian • Promontoire / Promontory • Scènes / Scenes • Soir historique / Historic Evening • Mouvement / Movement • Bottom / Bottom • H / H • Dévotion / Devotion • Démocratie / Democracy • Fairy / Fairy • Guerre / War • Génie / Genie • Jeunesse / Youth • Solde / Going Out of Business • Translator’s Afterword • Index of French Titles • Index of English Titles
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