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Another Republic: 17 European and South American Writers by Italo Calvino, Julio Cortázar, Fernando Pessoa, Paul Celan,

By Italo Calvino, Julio Cortázar, Fernando Pessoa, Paul Celan, Nicanor Parra, Francis Ponge, Czesław Miłosz, Vasko Popa, Zbigniew Herbert, Henri Michaux, Jean Follian, Octavio Paz, Yehuda Amichai, Johannes Bobrowski, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Miroslav Holu

Editors: Charles Simic and Mark Strand
cover is for reprint; however it is unchanged

A sturdy selection--mainly of poems, but in addition a few decisions from Calvino. Many amazing authors, as one can find from the checklist above. Paul Celan is winner of a Georg Buchner prize, and there's a pair Nobels up there too (Paz and Milosz).

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First released in 1976, this excellent anthology from U.S. Poet Laureates, Charles Simic and Mark Strand, compiles a range of the best translated literature of the time, showcasing the then-little-known writers who had a profound impression at the present new release of poets.

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