[MGSA-L] Fw: C.P. Cavafy: The Barbarians Arrive Today, Trans. Evan Jones: Press Release

Roland Moore rolandmo at pacbell.net
Fri Aug 21 12:11:57 PDT 2020


 Of widespread interest:
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Dear Roland, 
 
  
 
I hope you are keeping safe and well. Please see below and attached the press release forThe Barbarians Arrive Today: A Cavafy Reader (Sept 2020),translated and edited by Evan Jones. I hoped that you would be interested in seeing the text for possible coverage, or in sharing the news with the Modern Greek Studies Association list.
 
  
 
Please do let me know if you’d like to see the text. 
 
  
 
With all my best wishes,
 
Jazmine 
 
  
 
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Jazmine Linklater,Marketing & Events Manager
 
Carcanet Press ¦ 0161 834 8730 ext. 22 ¦ www.carcanet.co.uk
 
  
 

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Carcanet Classics 2020
 
The Barbarians Arrive Today: A Cavafy Reader
 
Translated and Edited by Evan Jones
 
24th September 2020
 
It’s a delight to share the press release for the complete poems from one of the 20th century’s most distinguished Greek language poets, C.P. Cavafy.
 
                                                                                                                                          
 
Please see the press release attached here, and do get in touch for more information, PDF review copies or to speak to Evan.
 
  
 
‘Evan Jones merits the rewards of modesty’
Frederic Raphael
 

With The Barbarians Arrive Today, Evan Jones has produced the classic English Cavafy for our age. Expertly translated from Modern Greek, this edition presents Cavafy’s finest poems, short creative prose and autobiographical writings, offering unique insights into his life’s work. Born in Alexandria, Egypt, Constantine Petrou Cavafy (1863– 1933) was a minor civil servant who self-published and distributed his poems among friends; he is now regarded as one of the most significant poets of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, an influence on writers across generations and languages. The broad, rich world of the Mediterranean and its complex history are his domain, its days and nights of desire and melancholy, ambition and failure – with art always at the centre of life.
 
  
 
'Do we need another Cavafy, the most translated of modern Greek poets? Surprisingly, Evan Jones shows us that the answer is a resounding “yes.” Cavafy famously left behind a body of 154 “canonical poems,” a number corresponding conveniently with the number of Shakespeare’s sonnets. But he also left us with 37 “repudiated” poems, some of which were composed in the synthetic literary “katherevousa” register of Greek, 75 “hidden” poems, and 30 “unfinished” or “imperfect” poems. Cavafy also wrote prose about some of the same subject matter, and that explored his ideas about poetry. Jones does not attempt to give us a complete overview of Cavafy’s work, but by putting poems in thematic categories, and allowing “hidden” poems to brush up against “canonical” ones (one could note that the manuscript of “The Horses of Achilles” and of  the much less well known “Priam’s Night March” are written on two sides of the same piece of paper) we see them in a new, revealing light. Jones is sensitive not only to the sense, but the sound of the Greek, rhyming where the original does, and his afterword, while wearing its considerable scholarship lightly, reorients Cavafy’s oeuvre for the reader. It is a great pleasure—one of the most important Cavafyian words—to have these poems and prose writings in one volume.'
 
—A.E. Stallings
 
  
 
Please see the attached press release; I’ll be happy to provide more information and PDF copies of the text.
 
I look forward to hearing from you—
 
With best wishes,
 
Jazmine 
 
  
 
  
 
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Jazmine Linklater, Marketing & Events Manager
 
Carcanet Press ¦ 0161 834 8730 ext. 22 ¦ www.carcanet.co.uk
 
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My recent top read:
 
Found Architecture: Selected Poems
 
Sinéad Morrissey
 
'The outstanding poet of her generation.'Stephen Knight,The Independent
 
  
 
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