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Issue Details: First known date: 2015... 2015 Selected Poems from Les Fleurs Du Mal
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'The poems of The Flowers of Evil were written in Paris at a time of revolution and accelerating change - the beginning of mass culture, the rise of consumerism and the middle-class, the radical redevelopment of the city by Haussmann - and they provide many parallels with the malaise and uncertainties of contemporary capitalist societies. Here we find poems about love (and love-hate), birds and beasts, Paris scenes and street people; about spiritual revolt, wine, death, travel and far-away places. The poet's voice is by turns ironical, angry and compassionate, his words charged with anguish, desire and rapture. Jan Owen's masterly translation captures all of this in a selection that includes many of Baudelaire's best known poems - including those banned from 1857 edition - as well as some less familiar ones, with the volume leading up to his great long poem, 'The Voyage', and finishing with the much-loved sonnet 'Meditation'.' (Publication summary)

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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Arc Publications ,
      2015 .
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      Extent: 192p.
      Note/s:
      • Published June 2015

        Introduced by Rosemary Lloyd

      ISBN: 9781908376404, 1908376406, 1908376414

Works about this Work

Jan Owen, The Offhand Angel: New and Selected Poems and Charles Baudelaire, Selected Poems from Les Fleurs Du Mal Alice Gorman , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , May vol. 9 no. 2 2017;
'As an undergraduate in the 1980s, I took French translation classes with the famous Professor Colin Duckworth at Melbourne University. I was less impressed then than I am now at his story of sleeping in Voltaire’s own bed (sans Voltaire, needless to say); and we all did grow rather tired of hearing about Samuel Beckett, on whom he was a world authority. I had left university by the time he started acting in Neighbours; probably that would have impressed me most of all. However, his approach to language, as a writer, critic and translator, has stayed with me. He was superb at demonstrating the balance between accuracy and tone in the choice of words; how sometimes a less literal translation could more effectively capture meaning and mood. Nowhere is striking this balance more critical than in poetry.' (Introduction)
Shock of the New Brian Nelson , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , January-February no. 378 2016; (p. 45)

— Review of Selected Poems from Les Fleurs Du Mal Charles Baudelaire Jan Owen (translator), 2015 selected work poetry
Found in Translation Geoff Page , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 16-17 January 2016; (p. 19)

— Review of Selected Poems from Les Fleurs Du Mal Charles Baudelaire Jan Owen (translator), 2015 selected work poetry ; The Offhand Angel : New and Selected Poems Jan Owen 2015 selected work poetry ; Hoard Tracy Ryan 2015 selected work poetry
Judith Bishop Reviews Selected Poems from Les Fleurs Du Mal by Charles Baudelaire (trans. Jan Owen) Judith Bishop , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , September no. 19 2016;

— Review of Selected Poems from Les Fleurs Du Mal Charles Baudelaire Jan Owen (translator), 2015 selected work poetry
Found in Translation Geoff Page , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 16-17 January 2016; (p. 19)

— Review of Selected Poems from Les Fleurs Du Mal Charles Baudelaire Jan Owen (translator), 2015 selected work poetry ; The Offhand Angel : New and Selected Poems Jan Owen 2015 selected work poetry ; Hoard Tracy Ryan 2015 selected work poetry
Shock of the New Brian Nelson , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , January-February no. 378 2016; (p. 45)

— Review of Selected Poems from Les Fleurs Du Mal Charles Baudelaire Jan Owen (translator), 2015 selected work poetry
Judith Bishop Reviews Selected Poems from Les Fleurs Du Mal by Charles Baudelaire (trans. Jan Owen) Judith Bishop , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , September no. 19 2016;

— Review of Selected Poems from Les Fleurs Du Mal Charles Baudelaire Jan Owen (translator), 2015 selected work poetry
Jan Owen, The Offhand Angel: New and Selected Poems and Charles Baudelaire, Selected Poems from Les Fleurs Du Mal Alice Gorman , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , May vol. 9 no. 2 2017;
'As an undergraduate in the 1980s, I took French translation classes with the famous Professor Colin Duckworth at Melbourne University. I was less impressed then than I am now at his story of sleeping in Voltaire’s own bed (sans Voltaire, needless to say); and we all did grow rather tired of hearing about Samuel Beckett, on whom he was a world authority. I had left university by the time he started acting in Neighbours; probably that would have impressed me most of all. However, his approach to language, as a writer, critic and translator, has stayed with me. He was superb at demonstrating the balance between accuracy and tone in the choice of words; how sometimes a less literal translation could more effectively capture meaning and mood. Nowhere is striking this balance more critical than in poetry.' (Introduction)
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