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· Orphic Paris by Henri Cole · In Memoriam schrijfster Renate Dorrestein (1954-2018) · Thomas Carew: Mediocrity in Love Rejected · Leonard Cohen: The Flame. Poems, Notebooks, Lyrics, Drawings · Ada Cambridge: Faith · David Alliot: Madame Céline · Arthur Hugh Clough: That out of sight is out of mind · William Cartwright: No Platonic Love · Philippe Claudel: L’Archipel du Chien · Genomineerd voor E. du Perronprijs 2017: Alex Boogers, Margot Vanderstraeten & Tommy Wieringa · Smoke by John Berger (Author) and‎ Selcuk Demirel (Illustrator) · Sophie Collins: Who Is Mary Sue?

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Orphic Paris by Henri Cole

Henri Cole’s Orphic Paris combines autobiography, diary, essay, and poetry with photographs to create a new form of elegiac memoir. With Paris as a backdrop, Cole, an award-winning American poet, explores with fresh and penetrating insight the nature of friendship and family, poetry and solitude, the self and freedom.

Cole writes of Paris, “For a time, I lived here, where the call of life is so strong. My soul was colored by it. Instead of worshiping a creator or man, I cared fully for myself, and felt no guilt and confessed nothing, and in this place I wrote, I was nourished, and I grew.”

Written under the tutelary spirit of Orpheus—mystic, oracular, entrancing—Orphic Paris is an intimate Paris journal and a literary commonplace book that is a touching, original, brilliant account of the city and of the artists, writers, and luminaries, including Cole himself, who have been moved by it to create.

Henri Cole was born in Fukuoka, Japan, to a French mother and an American father. He has published nine collections of poetry, including Middle Earth, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He has received many awards for his work, including the Jackson Prize, the Kingsley Tufts Award, the Rome Prize, the Berlin Prize, the Lenore Marshall Award, and the Medal in Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His most recent collection of poetry is Nothing to Declare. He teaches at Claremont McKenna College and lives in Boston.

Orphic Paris
by Henri Cole
$15.95
Series: New York Review Books
ISBN: 9781681372181
Pages: 176
Publication: April 3, 2018

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In Memoriam schrijfster Renate Dorrestein (1954-2018)

Renate Maria Dorrestein (Amsterdam, 25 januari 1954 – Aerdenhout, 4 mei 2018) was een Nederlandse schrijfster, journaliste en feministe.  Dorrestein, afgelopen vrijdag (4 mei) op 64-jarige leeftijd overleden aan slokdarmkanker, was iemand met zeer uitgesproken meningen.

Tussen 1983 en nu, een periode van vijfendertig jaar, publiceerde Dorrestein vierendertig titels: een gemiddelde van bijna een boek per jaar.

Renate Dorrestein werd in 1954 geboren in Amsterdam. Haar vader was advocaat, haar moeder (tot ze trouwde) lerares. Na het gymnasium schreef ze voor bladen als Libelle, Panorama, Opzij en De Tijd.
Dorrestein debuteerde in 1983 met de roman Buitenstaanders. Tien jaar later ontving ze de Annie Romein Prijs (tegenwoordig de Opzij Literatuurprijs) voor haar hele oeuvre. Ze werd ook genomineerd voor de Libris Literatuur Prijs 1995 (met Een sterke man), de AKO Literatuurprijs 2003 (met Zonder genade) en driemaal voor de NS Publieksprijs. In totaal verkocht ze 2 miljoen boeken.

Haar laatste boek: Dagelijks werk, is een afwisselende en geanimeerde bundeling van essays, lezingen en brieven waarin ze verslag doet van haar bezoeken aan het ziekenhuis. (Renate Dorrestein: Dagelijks werk. Een schrijversleven. Podium, 300 blz. € 19,99)

Renate Dorrestein zal op Hemelvaartsdag, 10 mei, in besloten kring worden begraven. Condoleanceregisters, voorzien van haar portret, boeken en een gedicht van haar 12-jarige buurmeisje, zijn aanwezig in de volgende boekhandels: Blokker (Heemstede), Broekhuis (Hengelo, Enschede, Almelo en Oldenzaal), Broese (Utrecht), Dekker v/d Vegt (Nijmegen), Dominicanen (Maastricht), De Drukkerij (Middelburg), Gianotten Mutsaers (Tilburg), Van der Meer (Noordwijk), De Omslag (Delft), Paagman (Den Haag, Frederik Hendriklaan), Van Piere (Eindhoven), Praamstra (Deventer), Scheltema (Amsterdam) en Van der Velde (Leeuwarden en Groningen). De deelnemende bibliotheken zijn OBA Amsterdam (vestiging Oosterdokskade), OB Haarlem en OB Almere.
(Mededeling website Uitgeverij Podium)

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Thomas Carew: Mediocrity in Love Rejected

 

Mediocrity in Love Rejected

Give me more love, or more disdain;
The torrid or the frozen zone
Bring equal ease unto my pain;
The temperate affords me none;
Either extreme, of love or hate,
Is sweeter than a calm estate.

Give me a storm; if it be love,
Like Danae in that golden shower,
I swim in pleasure; if it prove
Disdain, that torrent will devour
My vulture hopes; and he’s possessed
Of heaven that’s but from hell released.
Then crown my joys, or cure my pain;
Give me more love, or more disdain.

Thomas Carew
(1594? – 1640)
Mediocrity in Love Rejected

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Leonard Cohen: The Flame. Poems, Notebooks, Lyrics, Drawings

The final collection of the seminal musician and poet, which he was determined to complete before his death

Just weeks before his death in late 2016, Leonard Cohen told The New Yorker that he was ready for the end to come. He just wanted enough time to put his last book in order. Fortunately, that time was granted. The Flame is Cohen’s eloquent farewell, a valedictory collection of lyrics, poems, notebook sketches, and self-portraits that maps his singular creative journey. As noted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s citation, “For six decades, Leonard Cohen revealed his soul to the world through poetry and song―his deep and timeless humanity touching our very core.”

In addition to new poems about war, desire, regrets, lamb chops, and hummingbirds, and lyrics from his last three albums, including the chart-topping “You Want It Darker,” The Flame includes carefully selected excerpts from Cohen’s voluminous notebooks, which he kept faithfully over the years. Readers will find in these pages the subjects that have always preoccupied Cohen: the dimensions of love, the secret code of existence, and the hope for transcendence in a broken world.

In the words of Cohen’s longtime manager and friend, Robert Kory, The Flame “reveals to all the intensity of his inner fire” to the end.

Leonard Cohen was a hugely influential Canadian poet, songwriter, and cultural icon who died on the eve of the 2016 presidential election. His “Hallelujah” is widely considered the redemptive song of the resistance. Cohen’s many canonical songs (“Suzanne,” “So Long, Marianne,” “Famous Blue Raincoat,” “Dance Me to the End of Love,” and others) have earned him a place in the small pantheon that includes Bob Dylan and Patti Smith. Cohen’s many honors include a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, and election to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Leonard Cohen (Author)
The Flame: Poems and Notebooks
Publish. date: October 2, 2018!
Hardcover – $28.00
304 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0374156069
ISBN-13: 978-0374156060

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Ada Cambridge: Faith

 

 Faith

And is the great cause lost beyond recall?
Have all the hopes of ages come to naught?
Is life no more with noble meaning fraught?
Is life but death, and love its funeral pall?
Maybe. And still on bended knees I fall,
Filled with a faith no preacher ever taught.
O God — MY God — by no false prophet wrought —
I believe still, in despite of it all!

Let go the myths and creeds of groping men.
This clay knows naught — the Potter understands.
I own that Power divine beyond my ken,
And still can leave me in His shaping hands.
But, O my God, that madest me to feel,
Forgive the anguish of the turning wheel!

Ada Cambridge (Cross)
(1844 – 1926)
Faith

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David Alliot: Madame Céline

” Tu es un petit ange de génie et de fidélité. ” Ainsi Céline parlait-il de sa femme, Lucette Almanzor, connue sous le nom de Madame Céline.

De leur rencontre en 1936 dans un studio de danse jusqu’à la mort de l’auteur de Voyage au bout de la nuit en 1961, la danseuse et l’écrivain ne se sont jamais quittés. Toute en grâce et en légèreté, elle a vingt ans de moins que lui. Célèbre, il l’aide pour sa carrière. Elle est dépensière, il est radin, elle est charmante, il est bourru, elle est élégante, il est mal habillé. En 1943, ils se marient, pour le meilleur parfois, comme pour le pire souvent.

L’Occupation à Montmartre, la fuite à Sigmaringen, l’exil au Danemark, elle a tout supporté par amour et fidélité. Quand le couple rentre en France après six années d’exil, avec le chat Bébert, il s’installe dans un pavillon à Meudon où il ouvre un cabinet médical, tandis qu’elle donne des cours de danse.

Grâce à des archives inédites et des témoignages surprenants, David Alliot, spécialiste de Céline, perce le mystère de cette étrange alchimie qui unit ce couple pas tout à fait comme les autres. Gardienne de sa mémoire, elle veillera à la postérité de l’oeuvre de son mari.

Jusqu’à son dernier souffle, Madame Céline recevra chez elle le tout Paris des lettres, admiratif et nostalgique, qui l’écoute raconter ses incroyables souvenirs. Pour la première fois, l’extraordinaire destinée de cette femme aussi discrète que mystérieuse nous est dévoilée.

David Alliot: Spécialiste de Louis-Ferdinand Céline, David Alliot est l’auteur du remarqué D’un Céline l’autre, publié dans la collection « Bouquins » chez Robert Laffont.

David Alliot:
Madame Céline
Genre : Biographie
Parution : 18 janvier 2018
Prix: € 20,90
Nombre de pages : 432
EAN 979-1021020931
ISBN 1021020931
Éditions Tallandier Paris

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Arthur Hugh Clough: That out of sight is out of mind

  

That out of sight is
out of mind

That out of sight is out of mind
Is true of most we leave behind;
It is not, sure, nor can be true,
My own and dearest love, of you.

They were my friends, ’twas sad to part;
Almost a tear began to start;
But yet as things run on they find
That out of sight is out of mind.

For men that will not idlers be
Must lend their hearts to things they see;
And friends who leave them far behind,
Being out of sight are out of mind.

I do not blame; I think that when
The cold and silent see again,
Kind hearts will yet as erst be kind,
‘Twas out of sight was out of mind.

I knew it, when we parted, well,
I knew it, but was loth to tell;
I knew before, what now I find,
That out of sight was out of mind.

That friends, however friends they were,
Still deal with things as things occur,
And that, excepting for the blind,
What’s out of sight is out of mind.

But love is, as they tell us, blind;
So out of sight and out of mind
Need not, nor will, I think, be true,
My own and dearest love, of you.

Arthur Hugh Clough
(1819-1861)
That out of sight is out of mind

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William Cartwright: No Platonic Love

 

No Platonic Love

Tell me no more of minds embracing minds,
And hearts exchang’d for hearts;
That spirits spirits meet, as winds do winds,
And mix their subt’lest parts;
That two unbodied essences may kiss,
And then like Angels, twist and feel one Bliss.

I was that silly thing that once was wrought
To practise this thin love;
I climb’d from sex to soul, from soul to thought;
But thinking there to move,
Headlong I rolled from thought to soul, and then
From soul I lighted at the sex again.

As some strict down-looked men pretend to fast,
Who yet in closets eat;
So lovers who profess they spririts taste,
Feed yet on grosser meat;
I know they boast they souls to souls convey,
Howe’r they meet, the body is the way.

Come, I will undeceive thee, they that tread
Those vain aerial ways
Are like young heirs and alchemists misled
To waste their wealth and days,
For searching thus to be for ever rich,
They only find a med’cine for the itch.

William Cartwright
(1611-1643)
No Platonic Love

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Philippe Claudel: L’Archipel du Chien

Le dimanche qui suivit, différents signes annoncèrent que quelque chose allait se produire.

Ce fut déjà et cela dès l’aube une chaleur oppressante, sans brise aucune. L’air semblait s’être solidifié autour de l’île, dans une transparence compacte et gélatineuse qui déformait ça et là l’horizon quand il ne l’effaçait pas : l’île flottait au milieu de nulle part. Le Brau luisait de reflets de meringue.

Les laves noires à nu en haut des vignes et des vergers frémissaient comme si soudain elles redevenaient liquides. Les maisons très vite se trouvèrent gorgées d’une haleine éreintante qui épuisa les corps comme les esprits.

On ne pouvait y jouir d’aucune fraîcheur.

Puis il y eut une odeur, presque imperceptible au début, à propos de laquelle on aurait pu se dire qu’on l’avait rêvée, ou qu’elle émanait des êtres, de leur peau, de leur bouche, de leurs vêtements ou de leurs intérieurs. Mais d’heure en heure l’odeur s’affirma. Elle s’installa d’une façon discrète, pour tout dire clandestine. »

Écrivain traduit dans le monde entier, Philippe Claudel est aussi cinéaste et dramaturge. Il a notamment publié aux éditions Stock Les Âmes grises, La Petite Fille de Monsieur Linh, Le Rapport de Brodeck et L’Arbre du pays Toraja. Membre de l’académie Goncourt, il réside en Lorraine où il est né en 1962.

Philippe Claudel
L’Archipel du Chien
Auteur Philippe Claudel
Editeur Stock
Date de parution 14/03/2018
Collection Bleue
Format 13cm x 21cm
EAN 978-2234085954
ISBN 2234085950
Nombre de pages 288
Format 14 x 22
Prix: 19.50€

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Genomineerd voor E. du Perronprijs 2017: Alex Boogers, Margot Vanderstraeten & Tommy Wieringa

De schrijvers Alex Boogers, Margot Vanderstraeten en Tommy Wieringa zijn genomineerd voor de E. du Perronprijs 2017De jury van de E. du Perronprijs  heeft de volgende drie boeken genomineerd, waarbij het schrijverschap van Du Perron als leidraad en inspiratie heeft gegolden. De uitreiking vindt plaats op woensdagavond 18 april bij bkkc brabants kenniscentrum voor kunst en cultuur in Tilburg. Marja Pruis, schrijver en redacteur van de Groene Amsterdammer, houdt dan de E. du Perronlezing over arrogantie.

Onder een hemel van sproeten – Alex Boogers
Sproeten of sterren? Geleidelijk wordt de lezer dit verhaal ingetrokken en worden fascinerende personages voorgesteld: de zwarte onaangepaste Harvey, het getormenteerde maar getalenteerde buurmeisje Amy, de oude man Jacob met zijn hond Muis, de stratenmaker Angelo die Harvey van literaire boeken voorziet. Stuk voor stuk eenzame personages die anders zijn dan de mensen om hen heen, en die door Boogers op empathische wijze gepresenteerd worden. Dit is een roman over ongewone vriendschappen, ontwrichting en vergelding.

Mazzel tov. Mijn leven als werkstudente bij een orthodox-joodse familie – Margot Vanderstraeten
Dit boek biedt een fascinerend persoonlijk verslag van het leven als huiswerkbegeleider bij een orthodox-joodse familie in Antwerpen en geeft een unieke longitudinale blik op een besloten gemeenschap. Verschillen worden intelligent en integer besproken, en de lezer is getuige van de wederzijdse verwondering over anders-zijn. De respectvolle subjectieve toon wordt nooit onderbroken. Een empathisch maar ook informatief boek dat toont hoe je van elkaar kunt leren, zonder de scherpe randjes van intermenselijke relaties af te schaven.

De heilige Rita – Tommy Wieringa
Het bekende, provincialistische, kleine van een dorpsgemeenschap wordt op een natuurlijke manier geconfronteerd met het exotische, onbekende, en vreemde. Het fictieve maar onmiskenbaar Twentse Mariënveen is een dorp waar de horeca is overgenomen door Chinezen. Slavische talen klinken in het dorpscafé. Achterhaalde kruidenierswaren (waaronder pakjes Saroma) liggen te verstoffen en verkleuren in de winkel van Pietje Piep. En moederlijke Rita in Club Pancha biedt betaalde troost. Wieringa’s roman evoceert hoe Nederland veranderde, juist in een krimpregio aan de grens met Duitsland.

E. du Perronprijs
De E. du Perronprijs is een initiatief van de gemeente Tilburg, de School of Humanities and Digital Sciences van Tilburg University en brabants kenniscentrum voor kunst en cultuur (bkkc). De prijs is bedoeld voor personen of instellingen die, net als Du Perron in zijn tijd, grenzen signaleren en doorbreken die wederzijds begrip tussen verschillende bevolkingsgroepen in de weg staan. De prijs bestaat uit een geldbedrag van €2500 euro en een textiel object, ontworpen door studio ‘by aaaa’ (Moyra Besjes en Natasja Lauwers) en vervaardigd bij het TextielMuseum in Tilburg. Vorig jaar won Stefan Hertmans de prijs voor zijn roman De Bekeerlinge. Andere laureaten waren onder meer Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer (2015), Mohammed Benzakour (2013), Koen Peeters (2012), Ramsey Nasr (2011) en Alice Boot & Rob Woortman (2010).

Marja Pruis houdt de achtste E. du Perronlezing.

De E. du Perronprijs 2017 wordt op woensdagavond 18 april 2018 uitgereikt tijdens de avond dat ook de E. du Perronlezing wordt gehouden bij het brabants kenniscentrum voor kunst en cultuur (bkkc) aan de Spoorlaan 21 i-k. Voor tijden en programma zie www.bkkc.nl/eduperron. Meer informatie over de prijs vindt u op: www.tilburguniversity.edu/duperronprijs.

Voor het bijwonen van de uitreiking kunnen belangstellenden en genodigden zich aanmelden via www.bkkc.nl/eduperron.

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Smoke by John Berger (Author) and‎ Selcuk Demirel (Illustrator)

“Once upon a time, men, women and (secretly) children smoked.”

Following the success of Cataract, John Berger, one of the great soothsayers of seeing, joins forces again with Turkish illustrator Selcuk Demirel. This charming pictorial essay reflects on the cultural implications of smoking. A subtle and beautifully illustrated prose poem, Smoke lingers in the mind.

This charming illustrated work reflects on the cultural implications of smoking, and suggests, through a series of brilliantly inventive illustrations, that society’s attitude to smoke is both paradoxical and intolerant. It portrays a world in which smokers, banished from public places, must encounter one another as outlaws. Meanwhile, car exhausts and factory chimneys continue to pollute the atmosphere. Smoke is a beautifully illustrated prose poem that lingers in the mind.

“A cigarette is a breathing space. It makes a parenthesis. The time of a cigarette is a parenthesis, and if it is shared you are both in that parenthesis. It’s like a proscenium arch for a dialogue.” – John Berger (in interview)

In contemporary English letters John Berger seems to me peerless. Not since D. H. Lawrence has there been a writer who offers such attentiveness to the sensual world with responsiveness to the imperatives of conscience.
—Susan Sontag

In his ceaselessly inventive work, Selçuk often uses parts of the body in ways that are characteristically Turkish…as if the comedy of the human condition were there in the human body, in the melancholy of anatomy.
—John Berger, on Selçuk Demirel

Smoke
by John Berger (Author)
and‎ Selcuk Demirel (Illustrator)
Hardcover, $18.95
Available in Hardcover on May 8, 2018
ISBN10 1910749478
ISBN13 9781910749470
From Notting Hill Editions
70 pages

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Sophie Collins: Who Is Mary Sue?

In the language of fan fiction, a ‘Mary Sue’ is an idealised and implausibly flawless character: a female archetype that can infuriate audiences for its perceived narcissism.

Such is the setting for this brilliant and important debut by Sophie Collins. In a series of verse and prose collages, Who Is Mary Sue? exposes the presumptive politics behind writing and readership: the idea that men invent while women reflect; that a man writes of the world outside while a woman will turn to the interior.

Part poetry and part reportage, at once playful and sincere, these fictive-factive miniatures deploy original writing and extant quotation in a mode of pure invention. In so doing, they lift up and lay down a revealing sequence of masks and mirrors that disturb the reflection of authority.A work of captivation and correction, this is a book that will resonate with anyone concerned with identity, shame, gender, trauma, composition and culture: everyone, in other words, who wishes to live openly and think fearlessly in the modern world.

Who Is Mary Sue? is a work for our times and a question for our age: it is a handbook for all those willing to reimagine prescriptive notions of identity and selfhood.

Sophie Collins is cofounder of tender, an online quarterly promoting work by female-identified writers and artists. She is carrying out research on poetry and translation at Queen’s University Belfast. Collins grew up in Bergen, North Holland, and now lives in Edinburgh. She is co-editor of tender, an online arts quarterly, and editor of Currently & Emotion (Test Centre, 2016), an anthology of contemporary poetry translations. small white monkeys, a text on self-expression, self-help and shame, was published by Book Works in 2017 as part of a commissioned residency at Glasgow Women’s Library.

Sophie Collins
Who Is Mary Sue?
8 February 2018
Published by Faber & Faber
Paperback
£10.99
112 pages
ISBN: 9780571346615
Poetry and prose

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