Hypnos (The French List)

By René Char

Hailed via the poet Paul Eluard as an "absolute masterpiece" upon its first visual appeal in 1946, René Char’s Hypnos is either a awesome paintings of literature and a rfile of special importance within the historical past of the French Resistance. according to a magazine Char stored in the course of his time within the Maquis, it levels widespread from abrupt and infrequently enigmatic reflections, during which the poet seeks to set up compass bearings within the darkness of Occupied France, to narrative descriptions that throw into bright reduction the dramatic and infrequently tragic nature of the problems he needed to confront because the head of his Resistance community. A tribute to the person women and men who fought at his part, this quantity is additionally a meditation at the white magic of poetry and a party of the facility of attractiveness to wrestle terror and remodel our lives.
Translated into German by way of Paul Celan and into Italian by way of Vittorio Sereni, the e-book hasn't ever been carried over into English with the eye to kind and element that it merits. released in complete the following for the 1st time, this long-awaited new translation does justice ultimately to the incandescence and pathos of the unique French.

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It’s by no means an easy darkness, besides the fact that redolent of hot summer time nights, the spiritual afterlife, incorruptible adolescence. 219 out of the blue, you be mindful you will have a face. The positive factors which form that face weren’t consistently racked with grief. interested in its diverse panorama, creatures talented with kindness would seem. Nor was once it in basic terms castaways who succumbed, exhausted, to its spell. The loneliness of fanatics may well breathe freely there. glance. Your reflect has changed into a hearth. bit by bit, you take into accout your age (which were struck from the calendar), that surplus of life which, via operating at it, you are going to develop into a bridge. Step again contained in the reflect. Arid it can be yet at the very least its fruitfulness has no longer run dry. 220 I dread not just the anaemia however the feverishness that's certain to set in within the years following the struggle. Our snug unanimity, our insatiable starvation for justice, will, I experience, be short-lived, as soon as the bond uniting us in strive against has been damaged. at the one hand, we arrange to put declare to an abstraction; at the different, we shrink back like blind males from whatever more likely to alleviate the cruelty of the human situation in our time and make allowance us to maneuver into the long run with a convinced step. Already disorder is in all places at battle with its treatment. Phantoms rush approximately giving recommendation, paying calls—phantoms whose empirical souls are a mare’s nest of neuroses and phlegm. This rain now drenching guy to the bone is his expectation of aggression, his acquiescence in contempt. we'll be quickly to put out of your mind. we'll surrender consigning issues to the scrapheap, slicing away and therapeutic. we are going to think that the useless now we have buried have walnuts of their wallet, and tree will someday spring up of its personal accord. O existence, if there's nonetheless time, supply the dwelling a bit of your refined logic, yet with no the conceit that will misuse it. And particularly, possibly, persuade them that you're not particularly as unintentional and remorseless as you're stated to be. It’s no longer the arrow that's hideous, simply the arrowhead. 221 evening Chart once again, the recent yr mingles our eyes. The tall grass stands watch, its one love the hearth and the felony at which it gnaws. Afterwards, the victor’s ashes And a story of evil; Afterwards, the ashes of affection, The sweetbriar with its surviving knell; Afterwards, your ashes, The imaginary ashes of your existence motionless on its shadowy cone. 222 Come, little vixen, lay your head on my knees. i'm really not chuffed, and but you suffice. evening gentle or meteor, no longer a swollen middle or destiny is left on the earth. within the twilight marches your murmur could be heard, the den you've got coated with mint and rosemary, the whisperings the reds of autumn percentage together with your personal mild gown. you're the soul of the deep-wombed mountain, its rocks silent at the back of lips of clay. permit your nostrils quiver. along with your hand, shut the trail at the back of you and draw the curtain of bushes. Little vixen, with the frost and wind, those stars, for my witness, I position all my fallen hopes in you, for the thistle’s victory over rapacious solitude.

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