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History and Chronicle of the Songbook Umberto Saba

History and Chronicle of the Songbook

Umberto Saba

Published December 1st 1998
ISBN : 9781878818393
Paperback
261 pages
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Essays. Criticism. Memoir. Translated from the Italian with a translators foreword and notes by Stephen Sartarelli. This odd and engaging volume consists primarily of essays written between 1900 and 1944, in which the Italian poet Umberto SabaMoreEssays. Criticism. Memoir. Translated from the Italian with a translators foreword and notes by Stephen Sartarelli. This odd and engaging volume consists primarily of essays written between 1900 and 1944, in which the Italian poet Umberto Saba writes of himself in the third person, providing a truly fascinating critique of his own work. As work of criticism written pseudonymously, and without irony, about ones own work, and for the primary purpose of celebrating that work, the History and Chronicle of the Songbook remains unique...in literary history...This is not a work of self-promotion- it is, like all Sabas writing, in poetry or prose, a work of self-definition, even self-creation (from the Translators Foreword). As an exercise in self-objectification, then, the book becomes not only a useful work about Sabas poetry, but an inquiry into identity, the relationship of the self to the world around the self, and the ability of a poet to explicitly create a poetics but of a response to his or her own work.