“In her striking versions of poems by the French poet Jules Supervielle, written against the backdrop of wartime France, Moniza Alvi has found a soul-mate, a poet companion.”
Penelope Shuttle, Poetry London
Jules Supervielle was one of the leading French poets of the 20th century. Between 1922 and the outbreak of war he published two books of poetry, Débarcadères and Gravitations, a novel and a collection of short stories. His post-war output included the poetry collections Naissances and Le Corps Tragique as well as plays and mythological tales.
Moniza Alvi was born in Pakistan and grew up in Hertfordshire. After working for many years as a teacher in London, she is now a freelance writer and lives in Norfolk. Her latest books are Europa (Bloodaxe, 2008), a Poetry Book Society Choice, which was shortlisted for the 2008 T.S. Eliot Prize, and Split World: Poems 1990-2005 (Bloodaxe, 2008).