Winner of the 2008 Prix de los angeles Traduction Littéraire offered via French neighborhood of Belgium
A new translation of one in every of Maeterlinck’s 4 nice nature essays.
“The republication of Maurice Maeterlinck’s ‘The Intelligence of Flowers,’ unfortunately forgotten in our time, is lengthy late. The advent through Mosley is itself a gem, and comprises the best overviews in print of writings approximately intelligence in Nature.” — Stephen Harrod Buhner, writer of The mystery Teachings of vegetation: The Intelligence of the center within the Direct notion of Nature
The moment of Maeterlinck’s 4 celebrated nature essays—along with these at the lifetime of the bee, ant, and termite—“The Intelligence of plants” (1907) represents his impassioned try and popularize clinical wisdom for a global viewers. Writing with attribute eloquence, Maeterlinck asserts that plants own the facility of idea with no wisdom, a means that constitutes a kind of intelligence. showing 100 years after the 1st e-book, Philip Mosley’s new translation of the unique French essay, and the comparable essay “Scents,” keeps the verve of Maeterlinck’s prose and renders it available to the present-day reader. this can be a publication in the event you are occupied with inventive encounters among literature and technological know-how in addition to present debates at the dating of humankind to the common world.
It will be superfluous to redraw the image of the nice structures of floral fertilization: the play of stamens and pistil, the seductiveness of scents, the charm of harmonious and outstanding colours, the improvement of nectar, absolutely dead to the flower, and which it manufactures basically to draw and carry the overseas liberator, the messenger of affection, bee, bumblebee, fly, butterfly, moth, which needs to deliver it the kiss of the far-off, invisible, immobile lover…
We may really say that rules come to plants within the comparable means they arrive to us. vegetation grope in an identical darkness, stumble upon an identical hindrances and an identical in poor health will, within the related unknown. They understand an identical legislation, related disappointments, comparable gradual and tricky triumphs. it kind of feels they've got our persistence, our perseverance, our self-love; an identical finely tuned and different intelligence, virtually an identical hopes and a similar beliefs. Like ourselves, they try opposed to an unlimited detached strength that ends by way of assisting them. — from “The Intelligence of Flowers”
“…a splendidly relaxing, insightful and helpful learn … This paintings will be of curiosity to an individual taken with the extraordinary means of the plant international and could expressly entice gardeners and flower growers.” — Huntia
“A infrequent gem, written … in lyrical and obtainable prose.” — The instances Literary Supplement
“…Maeterlinck is a seductive essayist … [and] writes with a similar intrinsic humility that would be commonplace to admirers of John Muir, Aldo Leopold, or Mary Oliver.” — The Boston Globe
“That the intelligence of plants offers Maeterlinck with a conception riddled with contradictions—mostly because of his metaphoric reasoning—seems less significant than the basic truths of the metaphors unto themselves. hence, ‘The Intelligence of plants’ is fortunately welcome once again, during this centenary reissue.” — San Francisco Chronicle
The Belgian author Maurice Maeterlinck (1862–1949) is remembered top as a pioneer of Symbolist drama within the Eighteen Nineties. Recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1911, Maeterlinck used to be additionally a prolific and finished essayist.
Philip Mosley is Professor of English, Communications, and Comparative Literature at Penn kingdom Worthington Scranton.