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S J Birkill
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Fin de fiesta: Últimos poemas
« : 10.04.21 at 21:15 »
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Just published (April 7th) : a new book of Clive James' late poems, translated into Spanish for the first time by noted academic Luis Castellví Laukamp. "Fin de fiesta: Últimos poemas" includes parallel text in English. This paperback edition is published by Editorial Pre-Textos of Madrid in their series La Cruz del Sur and is available from the usual on-line bookstores.
 

 
Here's a sample: "La sombra lo sabe" (The Shadow Knows)
 

Mira cómo la sombra del yo que fui en vida
recorre la cocina recogiendo los platos.
El lavaplatos rinde su tesoro escondido
de futuros fragmentos de un presente remoto.
Los tazones azules vuelven a la alacena.
 
Voy con frecuencia a casa, pues las sombras
son débiles y tienden al retorno.
Ahora que he acabado mi trabajo,
la paz que amo está aquí. Y puedes escucharme
más claramente ahora que cuando hablaba ausente.
 
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Soy la sombra y el viudo, pues corté
el hilo de la vida: tu inocencia.
Pero aquí estás, real, muy por encima
de todos mis triunfos. Por ti pienso
en el amor que en otro tiempo fuimos.

 
The publisher has posted a YouTube video presentation of the new book, in the form of a conversation between Laukamp and Prue James, who Laukamp introduces as the author's 'widow and muse'. He and Prue recite the Spanish and English versions of Return of the Kogarah Kid. Click the image to view the video :
 

 
Steve
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Re: Fin de fiesta: Últimos poemas
« Reply #1: 18.04.21 at 21:02 »
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Many thanks for this Steve. The poem sounds good in Spanish, but then almost everything does I suppose. Interesting to hear a rare reading by Clive's "widow and muse".
Keep well!
Avner
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Re: Fin de fiesta: Últimos poemas
« Reply #2: 23.05.21 at 22:34 »
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My copy arrived. Sent for it direct from the publisher in Spain, avoiding Amazon's costly shipping charge to Canada. It's beautiful!
 
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« Reply #3: 24.05.21 at 01:49 »
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It certainly is! Carefully packaged to avoid damage, too.
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