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Poetry in Translation

from Europe and beyond, including our Visible Poets, Arc Translations, Arc Classic Translations, New Voices From Europe and Beyond and Anthologies in Translation series. At Arc Publications, we believe that the importance of translated poetry cannot be overestimated. Reading the poetry of other cultures, countries and backgrounds helps us to understand other points of view. It also gives us an insight into other poetic traditions and allows us to hear unfamiliar voices. Translations of poetry must be poetic translations if they are to help their readers gain understanding, insight, and pleasure from new and exciting work, so we are careful to accept only those translations we consider outstanding.

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No Other World: Selected Poems

Kunwar Narain

No Other World: Selected Poems

In a beautifully-modulated translation by his son, Narain's first full-length collection to be published in the UK is selected from five volumes over five decades. Inspired by characters, legends and events in India's rich history, or by life on earth in all its forms, Narain writes with a wisdom and humanity that is both compassionate and moral.

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New Order: Hungarian Poets of the Post 1989 Generation

ed. George Szirtes

New Order: Hungarian Poets of the Post 1989 Generation

A major new anthology of Hungarian poets of the post-1989 generation, published in a bilingual edition with an introduction by George Szirtes. It features István Kemény, Szilárd Borbély, András Imreh, Mónika Mesterházi, Krisztina Tóth, Virág Erdos, János Térey, G. István László, Anna T. Szabó, Tamás Jánós, Orsolya Karafiáth and András Gerevich.

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Sonata for Four Hands

Amarjit Chandan

Sonata for Four Hands

Amarjit Chandan's long-awaited first full-length collection to be published in Britain comes with a preface by the distinguished writer John Berger, long-time admirer of Chandan's work. Ironic, lyrical, sometimes angry or regretful, these poems, written in Punjabi but by a poet settled in Britain, add a new dimension to contemporary poetry.

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Whispers and Breath of the Meadows

Razmik Davoyan

Whispers and Breath of the Meadows

Davoyan is Armenia's most significant living poet whose work reflects the experiences of an old nation and at the same time speaks of the struggles, hopes and aspirations of contemporary Armenia. His fresh, eminently readable poetry affords the English-language reader access to an unfamiliar yet fascinating way of life and culture.

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Six Slovak Poets

ed. Igor Hochel

Six Slovak Poets

Featuring six of Slovakia's leading poets - Jan Buzassy, Mila Haugova, Kamil Peteraj, Daniel Hevier, Peter Repka and Ivan Strpka - with an introductory essay by Igor Hochel which sets the poets within a wider literary context. This is a bi-lingual edition, with the Slovak original and John Minahane's translation into English on facing pages.

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Cold Spring in Winter

Valérie Rouzeau

Cold Spring in Winter

These poems, a lament for the poet's dead father in the stammered cadences of an adult and the child she used to be, is strange and compelling, causing a stir when it was first published in 1999. Once familiar with Rouzeau's mixture of baby-talk, slang, puns and coinages, the reader will find this book utterly compelling.

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Pro Eto - That's What

Vladimir Mayakovsky

Pro Eto - That's What

Aggressive, mocking, tender, full of anguish and anger yet also grimly humorous, 'Pro Eto - That's What' is part love poem, part political diatribe and the most autobiographical of Mayakovsky's works. This new translation, complete with the extraordinary photomontages that Alexander Rodchenko created for this work, confirms Mayakovsky, 70 years after his death, as one of the towering figures of Russian literature.

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Defying Fate

Maurice Carème

Defying Fate

Carème is considered to be one of Belgium's master poets, and 'Defying Fate' (published posthumously) is a fascinating introduction to his work. These charming poems are short, often metrical and given to rhyme, and deal with familiar subjects (children, death, God, the troubled mind) that resonate with a shared emotion and aesthetic satisfaction.

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Six Polish Poets

ed. Jacek Dehnel

Six Polish Poets

This anthology is both thought-provoking and full of warmth and humanity, and while it cannot claim to be representative of contemporary Polish poetry as a whole, it nevertheless provides an insight into today's literary scene in Poland.

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At the Edge of Night

Anise Koltz

At the Edge of Night

At the Edge of Night brings to an English readership for the first time the recent work of Anise Koltz, Luxembourg's best-known poet. With their short, unpunctuated lines, powerful language and pulsing with an anger and raw emotion directed both at the poet herself and at the world at large, these poems are 'knife-sharp, clear and dazzling'.

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