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Cavafy: Poems

£9.99

ABOUT CAVAFY: POEMS

The Alexandrian Greek poet Constantine Cavafy (1863–1933) is a towering figure of twentieth-century literature. No modern poet brought so vividly to life the history and culture of Mediterranean antiquity; no writer dared break, with such taut energy, the taboos of his time surrounding homoerotic desire.

In this edition, award-winning  translator and editor Daniel Mendelsohn has made a selection of the poet’s best-loved works, including such favourites as “Waiting for the Barbarians,” “Ithaca,” and “The God Abandons Antony.” Accompanied by Mendelsohn’s explanatory notes, the poems collected here cover the vast sweep of Hellenic civilisation, from the Trojan War through Cavafy’s own lifetime. Whether advising Odysseus as he returns home to Ithaca or portraying a doomed Marc Antony on the eve of his death, Cavafy’s poems make the historic profoundly and movingly personal.

This book is part of the Everyman's Library Pocket Poets series - that means it's small and rather lovely. It's a pocket clothbound volume with an elegant jacket, full cloth sewn binding, silk ribbon marker and headbands, gold stamping on front and spine and decorative endpapers. A beautiful addition to your library or a gorgeous gift. 

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 11.2 x 2.3 cm