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Award-winning Swiss poet Jaccottet dies at 95

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Award-winning Swiss poet Jaccottet dies at 95
Philippe Jaccottet won many prestigious awards in his lifetime. He is seen here in 1988 receiving a translation prize in Lausanne, where his archives are housed. Keystone / Str
The Swiss poet, translator and literary critic Philippe Jaccottet, winner of numerous prizes including the Goncourt poetry prize, has died at the age of 95.
This content was published on February 26, 2021 - 18:20
February 26, 2021 - 18:20
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His family said on Thursday night that he died at his home in Grignan in southeast France, where he is to be buried.
A French-speaking Swiss national, he is one of only three poets, along with René Char and Saint-John Perse, to have been published during his lifetime in the prestigious Pléiade collection.

Or else an eagle

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Or else an eagle
 
can any longer help to circumvent, or to open up.
                                          Philippe Jaccottet,
                                          Eugenio Montale,
lean back a little from the breeze.
Their loose bark clattering like clapsticks
measures the creaking primordial calls of the currawongs
and black cockatoos shouldering off
the thickened air and light across the forest canopy.
 
on Easter Sunday to stand there on The Hump
overlooking the Yarra Valley at dusk.
You had turned towards me then and said:
‘I see the black wall ahead, and I know I have to walk
right up to it, press against it, work
my body right into its cracks and crevices

Volume 61, Issue 2 | Mass Review


Forbidden Territory (1989) and he has translated eleven other books by this writer, including
The Marx Family Saga (1996) and
Exiled from Almost Everywhere (2011), both awarded the Ramón del Valle-Inclán Literary Translation Prize.  His translation of Josep Pla’s
The Gray Notebook won the 2014 Ramon Llull Literary Translation Prize. Recent translations include Quim Monzó’s
Why?Why?Why? and
Barcelona Tales (from Cervantes to Najat El Hachmi). He has also translated classics from Spanish and Catalan such as Fernando de Rojas’s
Celestina and Mercè Rodoreda’s
In Diamond Square and is currently engaged in the translation of Balzac’s

Franca Mancinelli's pages from the Croatian Notebook.


By FRANCA MANCINELLI.
 
.
IT’S NO COINCIDENCE that snow has fallen, covering this land, erasing the traces of all those who have stayed awake and bivouacked at the border, after riding on trains and walking for hours with a backpack, a bag, watched by the police and special forces deployed like another barbed wire net. The snow has fallen on all this, restoring the peace that we now trample: this silence, this solitude of trees laden with frosty fruit.

IT WAS A valley divided by a stream where children hanging from the branches would dive in and adults await them with a barbecue. In summer, there were parties from one bank to the other, in the villages, and many loves.

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