God’s Torment
Poems By Alain Bosquet

By Alain Bosquet
Translation by Edouard Roditi

“Into his work too goes a happy accord between the strictest reason and the freest intuition…Much thought, much pain, much scholarship — and then suddenly the mysterious utterance which finds its way into the paper to bear the imprint of an original poetic mind…How lucky Alain Bosquet is to have cultivated his inner gifts with so much discipline.”

Lawrence Durrell

“A brilliant and original bilingual collection of metaphysical speculations and projections by the famous French poet who refers to himself as ‘an atheist hassled by belief.’”

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“These poems of intense agnostic faith show God in deep torment trying to reach humanity, torn away from the clear moorings of a transcendent faith and experience. Bosquet has written profound meditations upon postmodernity.”

The Reader's Review

Ohio University Press published a first volume of Alain Bosquet’s work, Selected Poems, in 1973. Since then, the avant-garde and metaphysical poetry of Bosquet has become widely available to an international audience. Such eminent poets as Paul Celan, Vasko Popa, Octavio Paz, and Ismail Kadare have translated his work into German, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, and Albanian. Writers who have translated his poetry into English include Samuel Beckett, Lawrence Durrell, Denise Levertov, Louis Zukowski, Denis Devlin and Wallace Fowlie. This current collection, God’s Torment, has appeared in Italian, Swedish, Portuguese, Dutch, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Romanian and Catalan.

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Release date: Oct. 1994
78 pages
Rights: World