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Romarin ou Annette et Jean.
Ballades et poésies populaires tchèques et moraves
[Czech and Moravian Folk
Ballads and Poems
Translated by Suzanne Renaud.

Suzanne Renaud wrote these adaptations just after the war, basing them on Bohemian sources collected in the nineteenth century by writer, historian and linguist K. J. Erben (1811-1870), who brought together many Czech or Slav songs, proverbs and tales in three collections published around 1840, which F. Sušil and F. Bartoš later enriched. As their letters attest, Correspondance (1947-1959), around 1952 Renaud and Henri Pourrat prepared an edition of these adaptations, but it was not published. This edition, whose second part includes the original collection in Czech, follows Pourrat’s classification. Renaud, a poet but also a musician, was able to translate rhyming songs that make no sense unless accompanied by their melodies, into poems sounding close to the originals. “As I loved them, so I picked them. If they lacked the music that accompanied them like a shadow, like the wind or the buzzing bees, perhaps they have not lost too much rhythm and colour to the breath of a foreign language. I put them in a jug full of cool water on the window sill, and there they are now waking up, facing the familiar horizon.” (Suzanne Renaud, preface).

Format 15 x 21 cm.
320 pages. Color hardcover.
ISBN : 2–910544–10–9

Published by Romarin, Grenoble 2002.
Bilingual edition in French and Czech.
Translation and preface by Suzanne Renaud. Postface by Annette Pourrat.
Illustrations: four works by Josef Mánes, four facsimiles of manuscripts by S. Renaud. Notes and bibliographie.
Edition established by Annick Auzimour, Barbora Bukovinská and Petr Turek in collaboration with Věra Thořová.
Published with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, the Centre national du livre, Paris, and the General Council of Isère.


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Cotisation 2020

L’association Romarin est une association à but non lucratif fondée à Grenoble (France) en 1993, régie par la loi du 1er juillet 1901 et enregistrée sous le n° 1/22101. Elle a pour objet de favoriser par tout moyen approprié la connaissance et le rayonnement des oeuvres de Suzanne Renaud et Bohuslav Reynek.

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Cotisation 2021

Romarin, a non-profit organisation founded in Grenoble in December 1993, preserves, promotes and calls attention to the poetry and graphic work of the Czech engraver Bohuslav Reynek and Suzanne Renaud, his Grenoble wife.