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No Other World: Selected Poems

No Other World: Selected Poems (Hardback)

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Kunwar Narain is one of the finest poets living today and a pre-eminent literary and intellectual figure in India. He has been variously described as a 'meditative' poet, 'dwelling on the present through the prism of myth and history', and as a writer whose work reveals 'a twentieth century sensibility in its anguish as well as its resourcefulness'. His poems are said to embody a unique simultaneity of the simple and the layered, the contemporary and the metaphysical, but, above all, a rare purity and a deep humanism. Coursing through the past and the present, the absurd and the exploitative, intimate recollections and meditative ruminations, his is poetry that in its intricate weave and egalitarianism leaves us restless and reassured at once. The poems in this collection have been skilfully and painstakingly translated over several years by his son Apurva, who uncovers the nuanced content of the originals without compromising the allied complexities of their construct, not just in the broader demands of rhythm or fluency but also in the finer details of their 'word-music', rhyme or alliteration.

Fiction & PoetryPoetryPoetry by individual poets Publisher: Arc Publications Publication Date: 11/05/2010 ISBN-13: 9781906570200  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Kunwar Narain (author) was born in 1927 and spent his early years in Ayodhya and Faizabad before moving to Lucknow; after many decades there, he moved to Delhi where he now lives with his wife and son. His A uvre spans various genres, including poetry, epic poems, short stories, literary criticism, essays, translations of the poetry of Cavafy, Borges, Mallarme, Roewicz and Walcott among others, and writings on cinema, history and the arts. Among his many honours are the Sahitya Akademi award; Kabir Samman, the highest all-India poetry award; Warsaw University's honorary medal; Italy's Premio Feronia; Shalaka Samman, the Hindi Academy's highest honour; India's civilian honour Padma Bhushan; the Jnanpith Award, India's highest literary honour across all languages and genres; and the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, the highest honour of India's national literary academy. Apurva Narain (translator) was born in 1967 in Calcutta and grew up in Lucknow and Delhi. He variously read physics, management, philosophy, development and human ecology, in India, and at the University of Cambridge, and has had diverse professional interests as a consultant, researcher and editor. But it is literature that has been his abiding interest from an early age. He writes in English. This volume is a testament not only to his own literary sensibilities but also to his patient resolve to bring to readers of English an outstanding poet's work. Widely travelled, he is based in Delhi and spends time in India, England and France. Harish Trivedi (introducer) is Professor of English at the University of Delhi, and was visiting professor at the universities of Chicago and London and the CETRA Chair Professor of Translation Studies for 2006. He has translated into English a wide range of poetry and short fiction from Hindi and co-edited Post-colonial Translation: Theory and Practice (with Susan Bassnett, Routledge, London, 1999) and a special issue of Wasafiri with Focus on Translation (with Theo Hermans, Winter 2003). He has published several essays and encyclopaedia articles on translation in India and is currently editing an anthology of Indian literature in English translation, 1500 B.C. to 2000 A.D.

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