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The Selected Poetry and Prose of Vittorio Sereniby Vittorio Sereni
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The Beach (La Spiaggia)
Theyve all gone away —
the voice was blathering down the receiver
Then, knowingly: — Theyll not return —.
on this stretch of beach never visited before
those sunlight patches . . . Signals
of theirs, who hadn't left at all?
And when you turn theyre quiet, as if nothing.
Whats being wasted from day to day
is not the dead, but its those
patches of the nonexistent, lime or ashes
ready to become light and movement.
be in doubt, — the seas strength assails me —
speak they will.
Viewed as one of the most important Italian poets of the last century, Vittorio Sereni (1913-83) wrote with a historical sweep unlike that of any of his contemporaries. A poet of both personal and political responsibility, he wrote of life under fascism, military defeat and imprisonment, the Italian economic miracle and cold war in Europe, and the resurgence of extreme right-wing politics, as well as the roles played by love and friendship in the survival of humanity. An equally esteemed prose writer, his pieces on the contradictions of war and the complex purpose of poetry and the arts in society are seminal contributions to Italian literature.
The first substantial translation of Serenis work published anywhere in the world, The Selected Poetry and Prose of Vittorio Sereni is a unique guide to this classic twentieth-century poet. This bilingual edition collects the most representative poems from Serenis oeuvre, as well as a selection of prose works that extends the themes of his poetry. The book also contains examples of Serenis short fiction, published here in English for the first time. With a full chronology, commentary, bibliography, and learned introduction by distinguished British poet and scholar Peter Robinson, The Selected Poetry and Prose of Vittorio Sereni is the only authorized rendering of Serenis verse in English.
One of the most important Italian poets of the last century, Vittorio Sereni (1913–83) wrote with a historical awareness unlike that of any of his contemporaries. A poet of both personal and political responsibility, his work sensitively explores life under fascism, military defeat and imprisonment, and the resurgence of extreme right-wing politics, as well as the roles played by love and friendship in the survival of humanity.
The first substantial translation of Sereni’s oeuvre published anywhere in the world, The Selected Poetry and Prose of Vittorio Sereni is a unique guide to this twentieth-century poet. A bilingual edition, reissued in paperback for the poet’s centenary, it collects Sereni’s poems, criticism, and short fiction with a full chronology, commentary, bibliography, and learned introduction by British poet and scholar Peter Robinson.
About the Author
Peter Robinson is professor of English literature at Kyoto Womens University. Marcus Perryman is a freelance translator and consultant.
Table of Contents
da frontiera / from frontier
diario dalgeria / algerian diary
da gli strumenti umani / from the human implements
da stella variabile / from variable star
from the immediate surroundings
from crossing milan
Index of Titles and First Lines
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