Hypnos (The French List)

By René Char

Hailed by way of the poet Paul Eluard as an "absolute masterpiece" upon its first visual appeal in 1946, René Char’s Hypnos is either a amazing paintings of literature and a record of targeted value within the background of the French Resistance. in keeping with a magazine Char saved in the course of his time within the Maquis, it levels widespread from abrupt and infrequently enigmatic reflections, within which the poet seeks to set up compass bearings within the darkness of Occupied France, to narrative descriptions that throw into shiny aid 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 can be a meditation at the white magic of poetry and a party of the facility of good looks to strive against terror and remodel our lives.
Translated into German by way of Paul Celan and into Italian by way of Vittorio Sereni, the booklet hasn't ever been carried over into English with the eye to kind and aspect that it merits. released in complete the following for the 1st time, this long-awaited new translation does justice finally to the incandescence and pathos of the unique French.

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Out of the blue, her face is veiled. Even the void is sick at the present time. a hundred and twenty You carry a fit to the lamp, but no gentle is shed by means of the flame you’ve lit. just a good distance off does the circle shine. 121 I geared toward the lieutenant, Bloodspat on the colonel. The flowering gorse hid us in the back of its flamboyant yellow vapour. Jean and Robert threw the grenades. The little enemy column instantly beat a retreat. aside from the machine-gunner, yet he didn’t have time to turn into risky; his abdominal exploded. We used the 2 autos to make our get-away. The colonel’s briefcase was once packed with curiosity. 122 Fontaine-la-Pauvre, the prodigal fountain. (The march has left us with our hips sawn via and our mouths hollowed out. ) 123 A relocating urge for food for judgment of right and wrong in those younger males. not one of the never-ending upstairs-downstairs in their fathers. Oh! as a way to set them at the correct direction the place the human is worried, for you could leisure guaranteed that, ultimately, it'll need rehabilitating. but, considering the fact that God takes no half in our quarrels and the stranglehold of origins senses that it's loosing its grip, the recent specialists will desire an highbrow scope and a take hold of of aspect of which i've got but to determine any signal. 124 cave-france. a hundred twenty five permit the brain locate its personal approach approximately with no assistance from employees maps. 126 among fact and the account you provide of it, there's your personal lifestyles, which magnifies fact, and this Nazi abjection, which ruins that account. 127 there'll come a time whilst the international locations taking part in hopscotch at the universe may be as close-knit because the organs of the physique and one of their economic climate. what's going to turn into then of that slim move in guy, his daydreams and his flights of fancy? Bursting with machines, will the mind nonetheless manage to shield its life? Like a sleepwalker, guy advances in the direction of the murderous minefields, led on through the tune of the inventors . . . 128 The baker hadn’t even had time to unhook the iron shutters of his store sooner than the village used to be less than siege, gagged, hypnotized, not able to make the slightest circulate. businesses of SS and a detachment of armed forces had it pinned down less than the muzzle in their machine-guns and mortars. Then the ordeal started. The population have been thrown out in their homes and ordered to gather at the major sq.. Keys to be left of their doorways. An outdated guy, difficult of listening to, who didn't reply quick adequate to the order, observed the 4 partitions and roof of his barn blown to bits through a bomb. I have been up on account that 4. Marcelle had arise to my shutters and whispered the alarm. I had discovered right now that it might be unnecessary attempting to holiday in the course of the cordon surrounding the village and get out to the nation-state. I quick replaced accommodations. The empty residence the place I took safe haven could enable me, if the worst got here to the worst, to place up a good armed resistance. i may stick with from at the back of the yellowed curtains of the window the anxious comings and goings of the occupying forces. now not considered one of my males used to be found in the village.

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