Return to Calm by Jacques Réda
translated by Aaron Prevots
Return to Calm, published in French in 1989 and appearing here as a full bilingual edition, immerses the reader in Jacques Réda's lyrical observations of the everyday. Its seven distinct sections offer reflections on youth, on travel in open country, on seasons, on Paris and on remembrance itself. They provide a rhythmic initiation into the outer world's beauty, through the eyes of a writer deeply attuned to the passing of time and space.
About the Author:
A cultural icon and eminent literary figure in mainland Europe, Jacques Réda (b. 1929) is the author of over thirty books, including works of poetry, autobiographical prose, short novels, and essays on topics ranging from jazz to city life to literature. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the prestigious Grand Prix de l'Académie Française (1993) and the Prix Goncourt (1999), both awarded in recognition of his lifetime's work.
Translator Aaron Prevots is Assistant Professor of French at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. He specializes in 19th-21st century French poetry and has published articles on important writers such as Rimbaud, Jacques Réda and Yves Bonnefoy. Related poems and translations have appeared in The Dirty Goat and Archipel: Cahier international de littérature. He is also involved with music and pedagogy through his educational project French through Songs and Singing.
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