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Series: NYRB Poets
ISBN: 9781681372266
Pages: 240
Publication Date: May 22, 2018

A Certain Plume

by Henri Michaux, a new translation from the French and with an afterword by Richard Sieburth, preface by Lawrence Durrell

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The figure of Plume preoccupied the great Belgian poet Henri Michaux throughout his career. Plume, meaning feather or pen, is a character who drifts from one thing to another, losing shape, taking new forms, at perpetual risk from reality. He is a personification of the imagination as subject to innumerable pratfalls and disgraces, and yet indestructible for all that. In this new bilingual edition, with translations by Richard Sieburth, the entire Plume cycle appears for the first time in English in the form in which Michaux originally published it.

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