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eBook formatHardcover, (torrent)En
PublisherUniversity of California Press
File size6.8 Mb
Release date 01.12.1976
ISBN9780520027169
Pages count259
Book rating4.5 (10 votes)
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Poems from 24 to 29 by this inexplicably underrated writer, translated by Monique Chefdor and published by the University of California in 76. I got an ex-library copy of this on the internet for a song. Cendrars writes, mostly on his cruise ship, opulent, debauched, privileged, but also contemptuous of society. He gives us a sense of exploring a largely unexplored world by virtue of travelling before it became the norm - comparable to, say, Jack London or Paul Bowles. He has an eye for pure exotica - weird and wonderful animals, vegetation, women. He pre-empts Bukowski in that his poems feel totally in the moment and this rawness, coupled with a gift for using few words to conjure vivid scenes, gives these poems their power and immediacy. He shares Buk's boorishness, some disdain for the audience but also some of the same surprising flashes of wonder and wisdom. The title 'postcards' is apt as Cendrars is one of those rare writers with a gift for seeming to communicate directly with the reader. So, better than a photograph, we hear, feel and see with Cendrars and walk the deck with him, smoking over the ship's rail in the white sun.

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