How to be a Grandfather: The Complete Edition & Other Poems
Published by Hearing Eye
Victor Hugo remains France’s greatest poet. In the UK, he is known for his two famous novels; all the rest, including his vast output of wonderful poetry, is largely neglected. L’Art d’être grand-père (1877) was his last book of poetry, at a time when he had lost almost all his family except two young grandchildren. His musings on childhood, old age, politics, history, the natural and animal kingdoms, are poured into these poems with a torrential energy.
Appended are Hugo’s epic accounts of the great Napoleonic disasters: Moscow, Waterloo and St Helena.
“This is great poetry of childhood – but simultaneously, and not coincidentally, it is among the finest poetry of old age...”
Timothy Adès was born in 1941. His translations include Jean Cassou’s 33 Sonnets of the Resistance (Arc, 2005) and The Madness of Amadis (Agenda Editions, 2008). He is the recipient of the TLS Premio Valle-Inclán Prize and the John Dryden Prize.