Plurality of Worlds of Lewis (French Literature Series)

Plurality of Worlds of Lewis (French Literature Series) by Jacques Roubaud, Rosmarie Waldrop

ISBN10: 1564780694
ISBN13: 978-1564780690
Author: Jacques Roubaud, Rosmarie Waldrop
Title: Plurality of Worlds of Lewis (French Literature Series)
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press; 1 edition (March 1, 1995)
Language: English
Size ePub: 1391 kb
Size PDF: 1435 kb
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Subcategory: Poetry

Plurality of Worlds of Lewis (French Literature Series) by Jacques Roubaud, Rosmarie Waldrop



This collection of prose and poetry elaborates on themes explored in Roubaud’s Some Thing Black, which the Times Literary Supplement called “a harrowing book . . . an elegy for our time.” As in the earlier collection, Roubaud grapples with the grief he continues to feel at the untimely death of his young wife.

In parts 1 and 2, he uses the possible existence of many worlds as a means by which to transcend the trauma of this unbearable loss. (David Lewis’s book On the Plurality of Worlds provided the inspiration and title for Roubaud’s book.) These poems also rage against the limitations of poetry itself, which can only clarify the exactness of his grief, not assuage it. In part 3, Roubaud uses a mathematically precise form to explore the idea of form.

As a meditation on both grief and on poetry, The Plurality of Worlds of Lewis is a memorable achievement.

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