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Complete Works by Arthur Rimbaud
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Dec 09, 2008

really liked it

Rimbaud is my shit. I love the Louise Varese translations of Illuminations and The Drunken Boat. LOVE THEM.

This translation, however, seems to be dumbed down a bit. I am no French speaker, so I really have no right to argue the merits good vs. bad translations. All I can say is that I prefer the other translations in the same way that I prefer the King James Bible.

It might be more accurate, but it also feels new and clean. The Rimbaud I love was shitting on coffee shop tables and tripping absinthe with his gay lover.


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