Salvador Espriu

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Salvador Espriu (1913–1985), described by Harold Bloom as “deserving of a Nobel prize,” published nine books of poetry. His work, largely elegiac and haunted by Franco’s conquest of Catalonia and suppression of the Catalan language and culture, remains unavailable in English due largely to the language’s obscurity. Andrew Kaufman’s books include the Cinnamon Bay Sonnets, winner of the Center for Book Arts manuscript award; Earth’s Ends, winner of the Pearl Poetry Book Award; Both Sides of the Niger; and The Complete Cinnamon Bay Sonnets. He is an NEA recipient. Sonia Alland’s translations include The Hermitage and The Legend, both by French writer Marie Bronsard, and Baghdad Mon Amour and Baghdad, Adieu: Poems of Memory and Exile, both from the French of Salah al Hamdani in collaboration with the author.

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