The Translations of Seamus Heaney (Hardcover)

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The complete translations of the poet Seamus Heaney, a Nobel laureate and prolific, revolutionary translator.

Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf, published in 2000, was immediately hailed as an undisputed masterpiece, “something imperishable and great” (James Wood, The Guardian). A few years after his death in 2013, his translation of Virgil’s Aeneid Book VI caused a similar stir, providing “a remarkable and fitting epilogue to one of the great poetic careers of recent times” (Nick Laird, Harper’s Magazine). Now, for the first time, the poet, critic, and essayist’s translations are gathered in one volume.

Heaney not only translated classic works of Latin and Old English but also a great number of poems from Spanish, Romanian, Dutch, Russian, German, Scottish Gaelic, Czech, Classical and Modern Greek, Modern and Middle French, Medieval and Modern Italian, and more. In particular, the Nobel laureate engaged with works in Old, Middle, and Modern Irish, the languages of his home and upbringing. As he said, “If you lived in the Irish countryside as I did in my childhood, you lived in a primal Gaeltacht.”

In The Complete Translations, Marco Sonzogni has collected Heaney’s translations and framed them with the poet’s own writings on his works and their composition from his introductions, interviews, and commentary. Through these writings, we come closer to grasping the true extent of Heaney’s extraordinary abilities and of his genius.

About the Author

Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. His poems, plays, translations, and essays include Opened Ground, Electric Light, Beowulf, The Spirit Level, District and Circle, and Finders Keepers. Robert Lowell praised Heaney as the "most important Irish poet since Yeats."

Praise For…

"This volume is handsome testimony to Heaney’s lifelong service to a noble art." —David Wheatley, The Guardian

Product Details
ISBN: 9780374277734
ISBN-10: 0374277737
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: March 21st, 2023
Pages: 704
Language: English