Arthur Rimbaud (Author), John Ashbery (Translator)


"This may be the most beautiful book in the world, lighted from within and somehow embodying all forms of literature." —Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times

The modernist masterpiece that is Arthur Rimbaud’s Illuminations has been given new life with the publication of John Ashbery’s “dazzling” (The Economist) new translation, widely hailed as one of the literary events of the year. Presented with French text in parallel and a preface by its translator, Ashbery’s rendering powerfully evokes the glittering, kaleidoscopic beauty of the original

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • October 2012
  • ISBN 978-0-393-34182-9
  • 5.6 × 8.3 in / 176 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“Meticulously faithful yet nimbly inventive…We are fortunate that John Ashbery has…brought to it such care and imaginative resourcefulness.” — Lydia Davis, New York Times Book Review

“This is a landscape not only of the imagination, but of an imagination that is still affecting us profoundly.” — Charles Rosen, New York Review of Books

“Rimbaud’s epoch-making poems come through in all their bizarre originality, their brusque, unsettling freshness.” — John Timpane, Philadelphia Inquirer

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