Benjamin Ivry

Benjamin Ivry works for Newsweek in Paris.

Poem: ‘Paradise for the Portuguese Queen’

Benjamin Ivry, 27 September 1990

The Queen of Portugal has gone mad. Her madness consists of thinking herself in heaven. But heaven is below what she expected. She wanders around muttering, ‘Hmph!’

Hugo, Things Seen

Who has seen the sunflower has seen the sun, says Camoens in The Lusiade, but I hardly expected to see my duenna and her hairy mole, nor my maidservant dwarf, malodorous as ever, nor my...

Carousel: Zagajewski’s Charm

Michael Hofmann, 15 December 2005

For twenty years, since I first read the first poem, ‘To Go to Lvov’, in his first English-language book, Tremor (1985), I have had a happily unexamined admiration for the work of the...

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Mediterranean Man

R.W. Johnson, 16 October 1997

By the time Albert Camus received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957 the nuanced position he took on the Algerian revolution had caused a scandal in orthodox progressive circles. Camus kept...

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