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Homesick for the Earth

Published by Bloodaxe Books

ISBN: 9781852249205

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Jules Supervielle (1884-1960) was born to French Basque parents in Montevideo, orphaned within a year of his birth, and grew up in Uruguay and France. He spent the Second World War exiled in Uruguay, afflicted by ill health and financial ruin. His poems are dreamlike, often gently fantastical, imbued with an appealing surface clarity, standing apart from much of 20th-century French poetry. In many respects he seems our contemporary, a writer of highly personal poems as well as poems concerned with war and the environment.

“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).
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