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May 17, 2016 | ISBN 9781590179000

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“Of all his contemporaries, not one, not even those who were in the Resistance, wrote in revolt, mingling the flavor of life with death, like Fondane.” —Henri Meschonnic

“Benjamin Fondane, Romanian Jewish immigrant writing in his second language, brought a narrative vigor and a lyrical, global, tragicomic imagination to French poetry that it has rarely seen since.” —Marilyn Hacker  

Cinepoems and Others…arrives with the force of a major literary event…throughout the collection, there is a genuine sense of commitment and love to the work of Fondane. It’s a fitting testament to the work of a complex and enduring poetic voice.” —Joseph Houlihan, Entropy Magazine

“Fondane … deserves to be celebrated outside France … as his far-ranging gifts and accomplishments are at the heart of 20th-century Jewish artistic and philosophical modernism.” —Benjamin Ivry, The Jewish Daily Forward

“Fondane’s polemical approach confronts the reader with some explosive turns of thought which may lead us to reconsider everything we took for granted about life and art.” —Andrew Rubens, Glasgow Review of Books

“I am proud to have known Fondane, learnt the elements of philosophy from particularly Chestov’s and his own, special kind of existential philosophy, and to have been, at a crucial moment in my youth, greatly influenced by him.” —David Gascoyne

“I was seized by the force of his images anchored in carnality, and I had the feeling of listening to a voice that was both unique and powerful, the voice of a man who, unworried by literary effect, shouted out his human condition.” —Michel Carassou

Table Of Contents

Introduction   2

Three Cine-Poems:

Maturing Eye-Lids  
Mtasipol   19
Horizontal Bar   26

From Ulysses

VII   31
XXI   33

From Titanic (X)   38

The Sorrows of Ghosts 49

From Exodus   70

From Belshazzar’s Feast   94

From Refusal of the Poem:

In the Time of the Poem  119
Refusal of the Poem   128
Fallen Snow   130
Elegies   132


Interview with E. M. Cioran

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