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Marot's poem, in Hofstadter's initial translation (he is to compose many more), begins: "My sweet, / I bid you / A good day; / The stay / Is prison. / Health / Recover, / Then open / Your door ... "--a slim frame on which to hang 600 or so pages of text. But the book is far more than a compendium of translators' triumphs (with the occasional misstep). Most of the renderings are original and lively, some lovely, though Hofstadter often feels compelled to improve them. He lightly laments that Bill Cavnar's rendering, "though superb along so many dimensions at once, still seems to lack a bit of that intangible verbal sparkle that I associate with the deepest Maroticity."
Hofstadter's talents lie in linking his intoxication, erudition, and vision with humor, autobiography, and free association. His book takes on "rigidists," asks questions like, "Is plagiarism potentially creative?" and strives to define linguistic soul. Along the way, it accords the same level of respect to the seemingly trivial: sex jokes, Texas jokes, The Seven Year Itch, and the puzzle of how someone you love can hate a food that you adore. Throughout there is pun, ingenuity, and above all, love for language--which can compress distance and, through constraint, lead to freedom.
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Book Description: Published by Basic Books, A Division of Harper Collins Publishers, New York, 1997. Couverture rigide. Book Condition: Neuf. Dust Jacket Condition: Neuf. Includes the text of Clément Marot's '' A une damoyselle malade '' with numerous English translations. 632 pages. Hard cover with his jacket, new conditions (see pictures). Interior fresh and tight. A superb book. Dimensions: 19,8 cm X 24 cm X 4,7 cm. Sent out from Canada. ISBN 10: 0465086438. Weight: +/- 1,5 kg. Bookseller Inventory # 003070
Hofstadter, Douglas R.
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