Jules Supervielle

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Jules Supervielle was born in 1884 in Uruguay. His life was divided between Montevideo, where he was born, and Paris, where he was educated.

The freshness and originality of his works are often attributed to his South American background. His stories treat grand subjects with everyday simplicity, making much use of fantasy, allegory, and myth.
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Homage To Life
It’s good to have chosen
A living home
And housed time
In a ceaseless heart
Nocturne en plein jour
Quand dorment les soleils sous nos humbles manteaux
Dans l'univers obscur qui forme notre corps,
Les nerfs qui voient en nous ce que nos yeux ignorent
In a Foreign Country
Have these faces come from my memory
and have these gestures touched earth, or sky?
Is this man alive as he seems to believe
with his voice, and this smoke on his lips?
I shuffle faces like cards
in spite of myself, and all
are dear to me. Sometimes
one falls to the ground
Fish with your slow memories in deep creeks,
what can I do here with these? I know nothing
of you, except a little foam and shadow


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