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The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Italian Poetry: An Anthology

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More than a century has now passed since F.T. Marinetti's famous “Futurist Manifesto” slammed the door on the nineteenth century and trumpeted the arrival of modernity in Europe and beyond. Since then, against the backdrop of two world wars and several radical social upheavals whose effects continue to be felt, Italian poets have explored the possibilities of verse in a mo ...more
Hardcover, 720 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Stefania
Jan 30, 2013 Stefania rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book... it encompasses the major poets of Italian Literature from Pascoli to Pusterla, with wonderful English translations from several among the best poet/translators who have translated Italian poets... Brock is a great translator himself, and so is Galassi, and so is Stewart or Scappettone... a wonderful journey into the landscape of modern and contemporary Italian poetry.
Christopher-Calvin Pollard
Any book that features a fist full of poems by Dino Campana will always get my attention -- this collection is splendid; all the best are sleeping inside (the known and unknown). It is particularly interesting how all of theses poets seem to find the bridge between Catholicism and eroticism -- the pagan foundations of the Church. The male poets never forget they are men and the women never forget they are women -- Italian is a simple language phonetically , so I recommend you read a few of them ...more
Rick
Sep 06, 2016 Rick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book on a resort shelf at the bookstore. Except for Montale & Campana, I had not read any Italian poetry and was pleasantly surprised by more than a few poets here. Brock does much of the translating here but does use quite a few translations by others which I liked as it changes things up. The fun part for me was attempting to read various lines out loud in Italian which I could do surprisingly often. I was especially impressed with some of the female poets who I hadn't heard o ...more
World Literature Today
"Geoffrey Brock resourcefully resolves the challenge in part by doing his own translations of a significant number of poems, a job for which he meets the criteria set in his translator’s note—“translators must also be poets”—by being himself an accomplished translator and poet." - Rita Signorelli-Pappas, Princeton, New Jersey

This book was reviewed in the September/October 2012 issue of World Literature Today. The full review can be read at the WLT website: http://www.worldliteraturetoday.com/2..
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Great review in The Nation, which puts this book in larger context of art of translation. If you can't afford the book (at $50, I'm afraid it exceeds my meager book budget), you can still learn a lot from the review.

http://www.thenation.com/article/1673...
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