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The testament and other poems - Franois Villon

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Title
The testament and other poems
Author
Franois Villon
format
Hardback
Publisher
Alma Classics
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20131121

Violent, indignant, ribald and often brutally physical, Villon's verse has a formidable satiric thrust, and yet is also encompasses passages of poignant nostalgia and haunting lyric expression, culminating in his digressive autobiographical masterpiece, 'The Testament', which counts among the most popular texts of French poetry.

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Franois Villon (c.1431-c.1463) is an almost legendary figure in French literature. Involved, as a young man, in street brawls, thefts and a killing, he was imprisoned and sentenced to death, but later pardoned by King Charles VII. His most famous poems, which are among the founding texts of French literature, are The Legacy, The Testament and The Ballade of the Hanged Men.

Technically, the translation is brilliant. (...) While staying close to Villon's meaning, sensitive both to the learned allusions and to the colloquial quips, Mortimer has found a way of speaking to us today, of revealing the depth of suffering known by those who no longer belong to any place.
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These are truly wonderful translations, fluent, musical, technically brilliant - could there be a better Villon in English?
John Banville

Type
BOOK
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
266

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