The Cartographer



Publisher: Poetry Translation Centre

ISBN: 978-1-9161141-4-2

Featured poets: Mohan Rana

Featured translators: Lucy Rosenstein, Bernard O’Donoghue

"What gives Rana’s poetry its magnetic quality is that, despite its philosophical profundity, his work is vividly accessible."

-Lucy Rosenstein

Mohan Rana’s intricate metaphysical poems are subtle, like water they define through transparency. His poems undertake the deceptively simple process of understanding things as they are, in their ordinary brilliance. This selection of profound, contemplative verse – so often concerned with memory and time – is an excellent introduction to one of Hindi poetry’s most enthralling voices.

With an afterword by Alison Brackenbury

Mohan Rana is a Hindi poet who grew up and studied in Delhi but now lives in Bath, England. His poetry explores the topics of identity, truth, memory and nature. He has published eight poetry collections, and with each book his reputation as a diaspora poet has grown. His latest collections are Shesh Anek (Much Remains), published in India by Copper Coin Publisher in 2016 and the trilingual e-book Nekje Daleč Sem Uzrl Zvezde (I saw the stars far off) published by Beletrina in 2020 in Slovenia. His poetry has been translated into several Indian and European languages.

Lucy Rosenstein graduated in Indology from Sofia University and obtained her MA and PhD in Hindi at SOAS, University of London, where she was a Lecturer for 10 years. She has published two books and numerous articles on Hindi poetry. Since 2007, the main focus of her work has been child and adolescent mental health, but she continues to be nurtured by her deep connection with poetry.

Bernard O’Donoghue was born in Cullen, Co Cork in 1945. He is an Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College, where he taught Medieval English and Modern Irish Poetry. He has published six collections of poetry, including Gunpowder (Faber; 1995), winner of the Whitbread Prize for Poetry, and, most recently, The Seasons of Cullen Church (Faber; 2016).

Alison Brackenbury was born in 1953. Her work has won Eric Gregory and Cholmondeley Awards, and has frequently been broadcast on BBC Radio. She has published ten collections. Gallop, her 2019 Selected Poems, is published by Carcanet.

About the World Poet Series

Edited by the PTC's Commissioning Editor, the poet Edward Doegar, the World Poet Series offers a set of elegantly designed, 66-page, pocket-sized books which showcase the most exciting living poets from Africa, Asia and Latin America. The poems are presented in bilingual format across facing pages. The translations themselves bring together leading English language poets and translators.