I trapped my breath in the bellows of my throat: a lamp blazed up inside, showed me who I really was. I crossed the darkness holding fast to that lamp, scattering its light-seeds around me as I went. The poems of the fourteenth-century Kashmiri mystic Lal D d, popularly known as Lalla, strike us like brief and blinding bursts of light. Epiphanic and provocative, they shuttle between the vulnerability of doubt and the assurance of an insight gained through resilience and reflection. These poems are as sensuously evocative as they are charged with an ecstatic devotion: Lalla does not surrender meekly to enlightenment but embraces it with wild passion. The poet Ranjit Hoskote s new English translation restores the jagged, colloquial power of Lalla s verse, stripping away a century of ornate, Victorian-inflected translations and paraphrases. In a radical break with the established convention of treating Lal D d as a single author, Hoskote instead proposes the theory that her name stands for a contributory lineage of questors and reciters who followed in her wake. While introducing the reader to the philosophical, political and social contexts of the original poetry, Hoskote also attempts to address the troubled history of Kashmir through the figure of Lal D d. Emotionally rich yet philosophically precise, sumptuously enigmatic yet crisply structured, Lalla s poems in Ranjit Hoskote s translation are glorious manifestos of illumination.
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Ranjit Hoskote is a poet, cultural theorist and curator. His collections of poetry include Vanishing Acts: New & Selected Poems 1985 2005 (Penguin, 2006) and Die Ankunft der Vögel (Carl Hanser Verlag, 2006). His poems have appeared in Akzente, Boulevard Magenta, Fulcrum, Green Integer Review, Iowa Review, Nthposition, and Wespennest. Hoskote was a Fellow of the International Writing Program, University of Iowa (1995) and writer-in-residence at Villa Waldberta, Munich (2003) and the Polish Institute, Berlin (2010).
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Descrizione libro Penguin Books, 2012. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0670084476
Descrizione libro Penguin Global, 2012. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110670084476
Descrizione libro Penguin Global, 2012. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 670084476