French List: Red Scarf, The: Followed by Two Stages and Additional Notes

French List: Red Scarf, The: Followed by Two Stages and Additional Notes
Stephen Romer, Yves Bonnefoy
NZ$ 59.99
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NZ$ 50.99
h197 x 140mm - 208pg
15 Apr 2020 UK
International import eta 10-30 days
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In December 2015, six months before his death at the age of 93, Yves Bonnefoy concluded what was to be his last major text in prose, L'Echarpe rouge, translated here as The Red Scarf. In this unique book, described by the poet as 'an anamnesis'--a formal act of commemoration--Bonnefoy undertakes, at the end of his life, a profoundly moving exegesis of some fragments written in 1964. These fragments lead him back to an unspoken, lifelong anxiety: "My most troubling memory, when I was between ten and twelve years old, concerns my father, and my anxiety about his silence." Bonnefoy offers an anatomy of his father's silence, and the melancholy that seemed to take hold some years into his marriage to the poet's mother. At the heart of this book is the ballad of Elie and Helene, the poet's parents. It is the story of their lives together in the Auvergne, and later in Tours, seen through the eyes of their son--the solitary boy's intense but inchoate experience, reviewed through memories of the now elderly man. What makes The Red Scarf unique and indispensable is the intensely personal nature of the material, casting its slant light, a setting sun, on all that has gone before.

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