The Madness of Amadis and Other Poems
Published by Agenda Editions
Translated by Timothy Adès (Bilingual edition: French and English on facing pages).
Jean Cassou, a war time Resistance leader in France, is still somewhat under-appreciated. These intriguing poems represent the body of Cassou’s work, following his famous 33 Sonnets of the Resistance (also translated by Timothy Adès), composed and memorised while Cassou was in prison, forbidden any writing materials.
"Without strain, Adès creates a perfect mirror for Cassou’s language… He has done the literate British a huge service… Cassou’s shade must be glowing… Ades’ sensitivity xrays the heart of every poem."
Jean Cassou, 1897-1986, a war-time Resistance leader, created France’s National Museum of Modern Art. For decades he was at the centre of cultural life in France and beyond, as art historian, novelist, essayist, intellectual and poet. Amadis, translated into English by Timothy Adès (Agenda Editions) follows Cassou’s famous 33 Sonnets of the Resistance, memorised in prison and written down upon his release (also translated into English by Timothy Adès.)