Some Thing Black

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Dalkey Archive Press, 1999 - Poetry - 144 pages
Written in the years following the sudden death of Roubaud's wife, Some Thing Black is a profound and moving transcription of loss, mourning, grief, and the attempts to face honestly and live with the consequences of death, the ever-present "not-there-ness" of the person who was/is loved.

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Searing and yet placid. There's an ill adjusted peace on display, a rounded resignation. I found myself aware that I didn't read Cancer Ward until last month because for 15 years people I cared about ... Read full review

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Very few books go this deeply into the imaginative space of grief which such eloquence. Roubaud (and in this case, a translation by Waldrop) has made his way to the underworld, and he too looked back. But he brings what he lost with him to the page. Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Jacques Roubaud, born in 1932, has been a professor of mathematics at the University of Paris X Nanterre. He is one of the most accomplished members of the Oulipo, the workshop for experimental literature founded by Raymond Queneau and Francois Le Lionnais. He is the author of numerous books of prose, theatre and poetry.

Rosmarie Waldrop was born in Germany and has lived in the United States since 1958. The author and translator of dozens of books of poetry, fiction, and criticism, she is the co-founder and co- publisher of Burning Deck Press. Waldrop s many honors include being named a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, fellowships from the NEA, the Fund for Poetry, and the Lila Wallace Reader s Digest Writers Award. In 2006 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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