Mozart's Third Brain - Sonnevi, Göran; Lesser, Rika; Warren, Rosanna - Yale University Press
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Mozart's Third Brain
Göran Sonnevi; Translation, Preface, and Notes by Rika Lesser; Foreword by Rosanna Warren
Finalist for the 2010 PEN Literary Awards in the Poetry in Translation category given by the PEN American Center
Selected for Honorable Mention, The Best of 2009: Bookseller's Choice by Peter Philbrook, Barnes & Noble Review
Winner of the 2006 Nordic Council’s Literature Prize, Swedish writer Göran Sonnevi is undoubtedly one of the most important poets working today. In Mozart’s Third Brain, his thirteenth book of verse, he attempts “a commentary on everything” – politics, current events, mathematics, love, ethics, music, philosophy, nature. Through the impeccable skill of award-winning translator Rika Lesser, Sonnevi’s long-form poem comes to life in English with the full force of its loose, fractured, and radiating intensity.
A poetic tour de force that darts about dynamically and imaginatively, Mozart’s Third Brain weaves an elaborate web of associations as the poet tries to integrate his private consciousness with the world around him. Through Lesser’s translation and preface, and an enlightening foreword by Rosanna Warren, readers of English will finally gain access to this masterpiece.
Winner of the 2006 Nordic Council's Literature Prize, Swedish writer Göran Sonnevi is one of the most important poets working today. Rika Lesser is the author of four books of poems and six books of poetry in translation. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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