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A Season in Hell & Illuminationsby Arthur Rimbaud
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Translated, edited and with an Introduction by Wyatt Mason
“The definitive translation for our time.”
From Dantes Inferno to Sartres No Exit, writers have been fascinated by visions of damnation. Within that rich literature of suffering, Arthur Rimbauds A Season in Hell-written when the poet was nineteen-provides an astonishing example of the grapple with self.
As a companion to Rimbauds journey, readers could have no better guide than Wyatt Mason. One of our most talented young translators and critics, Masons new version of A Season in Hell renders the music and mystery of Rimbauds tale of Hell on Earth with exceptional finesse and power.
This bilingual edition includes maps, a helpful chronology of Rimbauds life, and the unfinished suite of prose poems, Illuminations. With A Season in Hell, they cement Rimbauds reputation as one of the foremost, and most influential, writers in French literature.
In Wyatt Mason's critically acclaimed translation, here are Arthur Rimbaud's two essential prose masterpieces in one unique edition.
About the Author
Wyatt Mason is a contributing editor of Harpers magazine, where his essays regularly appear. He also writes for The London Review of Books and The New Republic. The Modern Library has published his translations of the complete works of Arthur Rimbaud in two volumes. His translations of Dantes Vita Nuova and Montaignes Essais are in progress.
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