Friedman, Donald Flanell (ed.)
An Anthology of Belgian Symbolist Poets
Edited and Translated by Donald Flanell Friedman
Year of Publication: 2003
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, 2003. XVII, 247 pp., 4 ill.
ISBN 978-0-8204-5594-5 hardback (Hardcover)
Weight: 0.490 kg, 1.080 lbs
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Originally published in 1992, this bilingual anthology represents the vigor, diversity, and originality with which the Symbolist movement was grafted in Belgium. Cultivating an aesthetics of hallucination and spatial paradigms of the inner world, the fin de siècle Belgian poets transformed the canal cities and landscapes of their homeland into lasting magnets of the imagination. The Belgian Symbolist poems are vessels of passage to visionary realms, demonstrating the permeability of inner and outer reality.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Editor and Translator: Donald Flanell Friedman is a comparatist and a distinguished professor in the Department of Modern Languages at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina. He is founder of the Belgian Francophone Library. His most recent translation/edition was devoted to Marguerite Yourcenar's dream recitations and reflections on dream, Dreams and Destinies. He is a recipient of the Prix du Rayonnement des Lettres from the Belgian Ministry of Culture.
«Readers of modern poetry will be grateful to Donald Flanell Friedman for his pioneering bilingual anthology of Belgian symbolist poetry. Intelligently edited and sensitively translated, the collection is at once a tribute to the lyric achievement of the Belgian poets of the fin de siècle and to the compelling power of symbolist poetics and poetry beyond the confines of France.» (Haskell Block, Extract from Review of First Edition, 'World Literature Today', Spring 1993)
Belgian Francophone Library. Vol. 15
General Editor: Donald Flanell Friedman