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Grains of Gold

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Grains of Gold

Grains of Gold: An Anthology of Occitan Literature

Lesser Used Languages of Europe Series Volume Seven

Edited by James Thomas

ISBN 978 1 903427 88 0
780 pages paperback

'Glorious celebration of Occitan literature. While the Troubadour poetry it contains will interest many readers of this book, even more engrossing and valuable are the chapters from Frederic Mistral and the “felibres”.' 
Gwyn Griffiths, Morning Star

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Occitan isn't just the troubadours! The language is still spoken in the south of France and parts of Italy and Spain and has a vibrant contemporary literature. James Thomas has put together an astonishing collection of Occitan texts – from the 10th century to the present day. Troubadours too! Including the women troubadours, the Trobairitz. Five years of research, it's almost 800 pages long.

Grains of Gold brings together for the first time an extensive selection of Occitan literature with English translations from the tenth to the twenty-first centuries.
Occitan is a Romance language spoken in southern and south-central France, the Val d’Aran in north-eastern Spain, and a small part of north-western Italy. For many, it is associated with the troubadours, composers of courtly lyric poetry in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.  


This anthology offers something new. Alongside troubadour and other medieval texts, Grains of Gold  introduces the English-speaking reader to the rich body of Occitan literature from the middle ages to the present day, covering the Renaissance,  the Enlightenment and French Revolution, Romanticism, Frédéric Mistral and the Félibrige – the first organised revival of Occitan – Modernism and twentieth-century Occitanism, as well as the work of twentieth- and twenty-first century writers.


Grains of Gold  offers English-speaking readers – students, academics, lovers of southern France – a unique opportunity see Occitan literature within the context of European and world culture.

James Thomas is a professional translator from Occitan and Catalan and a researcher in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Occitan literature. His is the translator of Solstice and Other Poems: Poems in Occitan by Aurélia Lassaque (2012) and has published articles on Occitan-related subjects and translation theory.

> See details of Solstice and Other Poems: Poems in Occitan by Aurélia Lassaque

This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 26 February, 2015.
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