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Jamie McKendrick

Jamie McKendrick has published six collections of poetry including The Marble Fly (1997), winner of the Forward Prize for best collection, and most recently Out There (Faber, 2012). His selected poems, Sky Nails, was published in 2000. He edited The Faber Book of 20th-Century Italian Poems (2004) and has translated Giorgio Bassani’s The Garden of the Finzi-Continis and The Gold-Rimmed Spectacles. His translation of Valerio Magrelli’s poems, The Embrace, were published in 2009 and won the Oxford-Weidenfeld Prize and the John Florio Prize. Fabrication, his translation of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s verse play Affabulazione was performed and published in 2010.
What to Read in 2013: Classics by Marcel Proust and Giorgio Bassani
To mark the launch of ongoing book discussions on this website, we dedicate an hour to ideas for neglected classics to read in 2013. Proust scholar Adam Watt makes the case for Swann’s Way, the first volume of In Search of Lost Time, published 100 years ago in 1913, and poet Jamie McKendrick enthuses about The Gold-Rimmed Spectacles, a too little-known 1958 novella by Italian Giorgio Bassani that he has just translated. Will you too be daunted by what you have heard about Marcel Prou...