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The Lost Upland

Stories of Southwest France

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November 9, 2004 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 320 Pages | ISBN 9781593760335
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"Merwin’s most impressive book, as well as a rare achievement." —New York Times Book Review

In The Lost Upland, award-winning poet W. S. Merwin explores his intimate knowledge of the people and the countryside in what is the home of the Lascaux caves, an ancient part of southwestern France. In three narratives of small-town life, Merwin shows with unmatched poetic and narrative power how the past is still palpably present. These stories offer the reader a brilliantly evocative and loving portrayal of the French country people and their way of life.

About W. S. Merwin

W. S. MERWIN is the author of many highly regarded books of poetry and prose, for which he has received the Pulitzer Prize, the Bollingen Award, and numerous other awards. He lives in Hawai’i.


“Merwin’s most impressive book, as well as a rare achievement.” —New York Times Book Review

“Like a gardener, Merwin is possessed of infinite patience. Not only the people, but every stone, road, sheep, and walnut tree seems to have a life of its own.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“A beautiful book about the fading pastoral life in the uplands of southwestern France. Merwin makes us vividly aware of the sensuous wisdom of the French country people, now an endangered species. Wine lovers will be charmed by the final narrative of vintner’s summer activities, told in a poet’s magical prose, with elegance and irony.” —Leon Edel, critic and author of The Visitable Past: A Wartime Memoir

“Poignant, ironic, often beautiful, with wonderful subtleties and textures—a true gift of fine prose from fine poet, and a delightful book.” —Peter Mathiessen, author of In Paradise

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