The Cartographer by Mohan Rana, trans. By Lucy Rosenstein with Bernard O’Donoghue
"What gives Rana’s poetry its magnetic quality is that, despite its philosophical profundity, his work is vividly accessible."
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.