Party of None
Mallarmé’s motley text underscores language's self-created reality
by Stéphane Mallarmé
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Here’s how I read Mallarmé’s prose, in Barbara Johnson’s lustrous new English translation: painfully, dutifully, passionately, a sentence at a time, while holding the French original in my other hand, so I can compare her sentence with his sentence, and so I can measure as accurately as possible each crevice where an adjective meets a noun, a comma meets a dependent clause.
Mallarmé published Divagations (a collection of
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