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Guernica Editions Spring 2015

Pondering The Weight of Being
1st edition
By (author): Giorgio Orelli Translated by: Marco Sonzogni Translated by: Ross Woods
9781771830263 Paperback , B-format English Apr 01, 2015
$20.00 CAD
Active 5 x 8 x 0.5 in | 200 gr 150 pages Guernica Editions
POETRY / European / General
Critics include Orelli among the so-called post-hermetic poets, aligning him with one of Italy’s most distinctive literary schools: the Linea Lombarda. Orelli’s poetry, however, eludes pigeonholing. The phonosymbolism enveloping his verse, combined with sharpness of observation, elegance of diction, and irony of tone, make his poetry distinctive and exacting. Readers, scholars and translators are enticed and challenged at every word. This anthology - the first in English - charts Orelli’s poetic journey from his debut collection in 1944 to the last poems written shortly before his death. Selected and introduced by Orelli’s foremost scholar, Pietro De Marchi, and translated and annotated by two award-winning translators, Marco Sonzogni and Ross Woods, Pondering the Weight of Being brings to English-speaking readers a major poet.

Giorgio Orelli (1921-2013) was born and died in the Italian-speaking canton of Switzerland known as Ticino, which provides the geographical and existential setting to his writing. Regarded as one of the most important voices in contemporary Italian poetry, Orelli was also an insightful scholar and inspiring teacher of Italian literature

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