Paul Claudel - book author
Paul Claudel was a French poet, dramatist and diplomat, and the younger brother of the sculptor Camille Claudel. He was most famous for his verse dramas, which often convey his devout Catholic faith.
Paul Claudel is the author of books: L'annonce faite à Marie, Le soulier de satin, Partage de Midi (Folio Series: No. 245), Tete D or, L'Échange, Cinq grandes odes, suivies d'un Processionnal pour saluer le siècle nouveau: la cantate à trois voix, Knowing the East, I Believe in God: A Meditation on the Apostles' Creed, Paul Claudel : Oeuvre poétique, A Hundred Movements For A Fan
Lawler provides the most crisp and accurate translation now available of Claudel's work, which was first collected in a single volume and published in France in 1907. Included are notes on the poems as well as a biographical note on the poet. Lawler presents the author as a gifted observer who discovered himself in his experience of the East. Claudel felt that, without realizing it, he had been destined to encounter this exotic new world. "There are countries we accept," he wrote, "that we marry and straightaway adopt as we do a woman, as if they had been made for us and we for them."
Informed in part by a religious epiphany that Claudel experienced in his youth, Knowing the East reflects the author's passion for the natural and spiritual worlds. He writes of topics as diverse as coconut palms, banyans, Japanese pines; the Yang-tse; Confucian, Buddhist, and Shinto temples and tombs; hermitages, festivals for the dead, rice-harvests and torrential rain. Filled with resonant images, Knowing the East is a feast for the senses--and a book to be savored again and again.