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After Mozart (Heroin on 5th Street) poetry by Robert Lundquist

Robert Lundquist was one of the rising stars of the Santa Cruz renaissance. By the early 1970s he was published in the Paris Review, anthologized in Raymond Carver’s magazine Quarry West, and listed in Rolling Stone magazine’s ‘Best 100 American Poets.’ This is Lundquist’s first major work. Discover a lost genius in these pages.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is robertlundquist.pngThese poems were written in bursts over five decades. From 1969 to 1973, from 1980 to 1985, and from 2014 to 2018. Lundquist has an extraordinarily sensitive voice deeply engaged with the works of García Lorca, César Vallejo, Paul Celan, James Wight, Wallace Stevens, and John Ashbery. He addresses themes of love, loss, alcoholism, and emotional pain. He meditates on death, romance, and beauty with wild formal experiments and a visceral, surreal vision that is all his own.

Central to his poetry is the changing spirit of Downtown L.A. The poet was raised and has lived his entire life there. His grandmother was a waitress in Union Station and his father an undercover policeman. Some darker chapters are inspired by a stint living next to skid row. The neighbourhoods of DTLA – the automobiles, diners, bars, porches, birds, and characters they contain – are evoked here with a noir melancholy and hallucinatory brilliance.

Until now most of this great work was available only in magazine archives, anthologies, and out-of-print chapbooks. Lundquist was previously led away from publishing by a rejection of the MFA culture that came to dominate American letters, struggles with addiction, the anxiety of influence, and a commitment to his psychoanalytic practice. A renewed interest in Lundquist’s work in recent years has resurrected his need to create, and we are all the better for it.

Robert Lundquist is a poet and practicing psychoanalyst in Los Angeles. Robert is also an avid blues harmonica player.  His poems have appeared in such magazines as: The Nation, The Paris Review, Poetry Now, Kayak, and Quarry West. Robert was also one of five writers who taught poetry in the prison system in California, afterwards editing an anthology of prose and poetry by the writers in prison;, the anthology is entitled About Time II.  When Robert is not with his wife, Nazare Magaz, or writing, he is seeing patients in his office above The Last Bookstore in Downtown Los Angeles.  Robert knows a lot about the inner workings of Downtown Los Angeles as his Grandmother was a waitress at Union Station and his father was an under cover cop, chasing down heroin dealers when smack was coming through Flower Street. Included in his adventures in DTLA was entering Zen Center Los Angeles for two years when he was eighteen and in his adolescence taking harmonica lessons from George Smith in Watts. Robert began to write poetry at twenty and at twenty-one moved to Santa Cruz, California, to be a part of a literary renaissance in Santa Cruz where he was featured in the magazine Quarry West started by Ray Carver.

After Mozart (Heroin on 5th Street)
by Robert Lundquist (Author)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 199963103X
ISBN-13: 978-1999631031
Published: 2018
Format: Soft cover/Paperback
Publisher: New River Press Ltd

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Agnita Feis: Menschenmateriaal (gedicht)

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Menschenmateriaal.

Het is
maar bloed.
Het is
maar been.

Is ‘t heusch
maar stof?
Is ‘t stof
alleen?

Men schendt
natuur.
Men schendt
den geest.

Men is
geen mensch.
Men is
geen beest!

Werp maar
den mensch
in ‘t vuur!
Ga voort!

Maar ‘t is
ùw ziel,
die wordt
vermoord!

Agnita Feis
(1881 – 1944)
Uit: Oorlog. Verzen in Staccato (1916).
Menschenmateriaal
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August Stramm: Mondschein (Gedicht)

 

Mondschein

Bleich und müde
Schmieg und weich
Kater duften
Blüten graunen
Wasser schlecken
Winde schluchzen
Schein entblößt die zitzen Brüste
Fühlen stöhnt in meine Hand.

August Stramm
(1874-1915)
Mondschein, 1914

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Will Streets: A Soldier’s Funeral (Poem)

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A Soldier’s Funeral

No splendid show of solemn funeral rite,
No stricken mourners following his bier,
No peal of organ reaching thro’ his night,
Is rendered him whom now we bury here.

‘Tis but a soldier stricken in the fight,
A youth who flung his passion into life,
Flung scorn at Death, fought true for Freedom’s might,
Till Death did close his vision in the strife.

No splendid rite is here – yet lay him low,
Ye comrades of his youth he fought beside,
Close where the winds do sigh and wild flowers grow,
Where the sweet brook doth babble by his side.
No splendour, yet we lay him tenderly
To rest, his requiem the artillery.

John William (Will) Streets
(1886 –1916)
A Soldier’s Funeral
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Quichotte (novel) by Salman Rushdie

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is quicotte-rushdie.jpegIn a tour-de-force that is both an homage to an immortal work of literature and a modern masterpiece about the quest for love and family, Booker Prize-winning, internationally bestselling author Salman Rushdie has created a dazzling Don Quixote for the modern age.

Inspired by the Cervantes classic, Sam DuChamp, mediocre writer of spy thrillers, creates Quichotte, a courtly, addled salesman obsessed with television, who falls in impossible love with the TV star Salman R. Together with his (imaginary) son Sancho, Quichotte sets off on a picaresque quest across America to prove worthy of her hand, gallantly braving the tragicomic perils of an age where ‘Anything-Can-Happen’. Meanwhile his creator, in a midlife crisis, has equally urgent challenges of his own.

Just as Cervantes wrote Don Quixote to satirise the culture of his time, Rushdie takes the reader on a wild ride through a country on the verge of moral and spiritual collapse, with the kind of storytelling magic that is the hallmark of his work. The fully realised lives of DuChamp and Quichotte intertwine in a profoundly human quest for love and a wickedly entertaining portrait of an age in which fact is so often indiscernible from fiction.

Salman Rushdie is the author of thirteen previous novels – Grimus, Midnight’s Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown, The Enchantress of Florence, Luka and the Fire of Life, Two Years, Eight Months, and Twenty-Eight Nights, and The Golden House – and one collection of short stories: East, West.

He has also published four works of non-fiction – Joseph Anton, The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands, and Step Across This Line – and co-edited two anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008.

He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. A former president of PEN American Center, Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for services to literature.

Quichotte
Salman Rushdie (Author)
Imprint: Jonathan Cape
Published: 29/08/2019
ISBN: 9781787331914
Length: 416 Pages
Dimensions: 240mm x 37mm x 162mm
RRP: £20.00

LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019

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Georg Trakl: Nähe des Todes (Gedicht)

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Nähe des Todes

O der Abend, der in die finsteren Dörfer der Kindheit geht.
Der Weiher unter den Weiden
Füllt sich mit den verpesteten Seufzern der Schwermut.

O der Wald, der leise die braunen Augen senkt,
Da aus des Einsamen knöchernen Händen
Der Purpur seiner verzückten Tage hinsinkt.

O die Nähe des Todes. Laß uns beten.
Jn dieser Nacht lösen auf lauen Kissen
Vergilbt von Weihrauch sich der Liebenden schmächtige Glieder.

Georg Trakl
(1887 – 1914)
Nähe des Todes

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The Brooklyn Book Festival 2019: September 16 – 23

The Brooklyn Book Festival is one of America’s premier book festivals and the largest free literary event in New York City.

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Presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors including Alexander Chee, Ted Chiang, Susan Choi, Edwidge Danticat, Sarah Dessen, Akwaeke Emezi, Jonathan Safran Foer, Jenny Han, Aleksandar Hemon, Mira Jacob, Marlon James, N.K. Jemisin, Lucy Knisley, Laila Lalami, Jessica Lange, DeRay Mckesson, Bill McKibben, Mary Norris, Joyce Carol Oates, Ben Passmore, Matt Taibbi, Mo Willems, Meg Wolitzer, Nell Zink, and hundreds more.

The Festival includes a week of Bookend Events throughout New York City, a lively Children’s Day and a celebratory Festival Day with more than 300 authors plus 250 booksellers filling a vibrant outdoor Literary Marketplace. This hip, smart, diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages.

September 16 – 23
Brooklyn Book Festival 2019
Citywide Brooklyn – New York

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Francisca Stoecklin: Morphina (Gedicht)

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Morphina

Im Traume fand ich dich,
Mädchen, in mondener Nacht
Kamst du mir zögernd entgegen.
Auf deiner Stirne träumte ein Stern,
Deine kleinen Schritte klangen wie Glas,
Um deinen Mund ein überweltliches Lächeln.
Deine schmalen Schultern froren im Wind.
Ich umschlang dich, deinen eisigen Körper.
Schwester! wie lange bist du gestorben …
Wir sanken, wir fielen.

Mohn umblühte unser Sterben.

Francisca Stoecklin
(1894-1931)
Morphina
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Das 19. internationale literaturfestival berlin

Das 19. internationale literaturfestival berlin findet vom 11. bis 21. September 2019 statt. Es ist eines der renommiertesten Literaturfestivals weltweit.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is BERLIN-LITFEST19.pngRund 150 Autor*innen aus über 50 Ländern in den Genres Prosa, Lyrik, Nonfiction, Graphic Novel und Kinder- und Jugendliteratur sind auf dem 19.ilb zu Gast.

Drei Themenschwerpunkte prägen das Programm in diesem Jahr: »Decolonizing Worlds II«, »About:Sex« und »Automatic Writing 2.0« im Rahmen des Wissenschaftsjahres »Künstliche Intelligenz«.

Literatures of the World
Aciman, André [Egypt/ USA]
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi [Nigeria/ USA]
Adnan, Etel [Lebanon/ France] in absence
Agualusa, José Eduardo [Angola, Mozambique]
Akbar, Kaveh [Iran/ USA]
Al-Jarrah, Nouri [Syria/ UK]
Almadhoun, Ghayath [Syria/ Sweden]
Al Shahmani, Usama [Iraq/ Switzerland]
Aw, Tash [Malaysia/ UK]
Benyamin [India]
Biller, Maxim [D]
Bin Hamza, Hussein [Syria/ D]
Bossong, Nora [D]
Choi, Don Mee [Republic of Korea/ USA]
Diop, David [Senegal/ France]
Drakulić, Slavenka [Croatia/ Sweden]
Edugyan, Esi [Canada]
Énard, Mathias [France]
Esinencu, Nicoleta [Moldova]
Espedal,Tomas [Norway]
Faber, Michel [Netherlands/ UK]
Fatah, Sherko [D]
Gappah, Petina [Zimbabwe]
Gospodinov, Georgi [Bulgaria]
Illies, Florian [D]
Jónás, Tamás [Hungary]
Kames, Maren [D]
Kandasamy, Meena [India/ UK]
Khalifa, Mustafa [Syria/ France]
Kwon, R. O. [South Korea/ USA]
Mabanckou, Alain [Congo/ USA]
Macfarlane, Robert [UK]
Mathieu, Nicolas [France]
Mattes, Eva [D] reads Elena Ferrante [Italy]
Menasse, Eva [Austria/ D]
Myles, Eileen [USA]
Nguyen Phan, Que Mai [Vietnam/ Indonesia]
Nielsen, Madame [Denmark/D]
Nikolic, Jovan [Serbia/ D]
Onjerika, Makena [Kenya]
Onuzo, Chibundu [Nigeria/UK]
Orange, Tommy [USA]
Osang, Alexander [D]
Pauls, Alan [Argentina]
Pavlova, Vera [Russia/USA]
Piñeiro, Claudia [Argentina]
Pron, Patricio [Argentina/ Spain]
Ramírez, Sergio [Nicaragua/ Spain]
Rey Rosa, Rodrigo [Guatemala]
Rijneveld, Marieke Lucas [Netherlands]
Ruffato, Luiz [Brazil]
Ruschkowski, Klaudia [D]
Rushdie, Salman [India, USA]
Sainz Borgo, Karina [Venezuela/ Spain]
Sartorius, Joachim [D]
Schrott, Raoul [Austria]
Schweikert, Ruth [Switzerland]
Sievers, Frank [D]
Solstad, Dag [Norway]
Tharoor, Shashi [India/ USA]
Vilas, Manuel [Spain]
Vuong, Ocean [Vietnam/ USA]
Wegner, Frank [D]
Wray, John [USA]

Reflections
Al-Rasheed, Madawi [Frankreich/ UK]
Anderson, Perry [UK]
Basil, Priya [UK/ D]
Benyamin [India]
Bianconi, Vanni [Switzerland]
Brovot, Thomas [D]
Buch, Hans Christoph [D]
Cardoso, Rafael [Brazil/ D]
Eribon, Didier [France]
Fischer, Joschka [D]
Forgách, András [Hungary]
Gauß, Karl-Markus [Austria]
Guerriero, Leila [Argentina]
Guggenberger, Linus [D]
Habeck, Robert [D]
Hansen, Christian [D]
Hoegen, Saskia von [D]
Holtz, Jürgen [D]
Ihrig, Wilfried [D]
Iyer, Pico [UK/ USA/ Japan]
Janetzki, Ulrich [D]
Kamala Kaufmann, Sina [D]
Kleeberg, Michael [D]
Koelbl, Susanne [D]
Kubin, Wolfgang [D/China]
Lagasnerie, Geoffroy de [France]
Lai, Mo Yan-chi [China]
Louis, Édouard [France]
Maalouf, Amin [Lebanon/ France]
Magid, Magid [Somalia, UK]
Magris, Claudio [Italy]
Martin, Marko [D]
Martínez, Oscar [El Salvador]
Murgia, Michela [Italy]
Nobil Ahmad, Ali[Pakistan/D]
Oberender, Thomas [D]
Pauls, Alan [Argentina]
Pilar, Ulrike von [D]
Piñeiro, Claudia [Argentina]
Ramírez, Sergio [Nicaragua/ Spain]
Reinhardt, Dotschy [D]
Ribeiro, Djamila [Brazil]
Ruffato, Luiz [Brazil]
Sainz Borgo, Karina [Venezuela/ Spain]
Scheller, Bente [D]
Schmid, Thomas [D]
Steinberg, Guido [D]
Strauß, Simon [D]
Tiburi, Marcia [Brazil]
Tonus, Leonardo [Brazil, France]
Weidner, Stefan [D]
Wong, Ben King-fai [China]
Wong, Mary Shuk-han [China]
Yuen, Chi-him

Mapping Berlin/Damaskus
AlBitar Kalaji, Dima [Syria/ D]
Barakeh, Khaled [Syria/ D]
Gröschner, Annett [D]
Leiber, Svenja [D]
Nabi, Widad [Syria/D]
Namer, Guevara [Syria/ D]
Reich, Annika [D]

International Children ́s and Young Adult Literature
Acevedo, Elizabeth [USA]
Aciman, André [Egypt, USA]
Beauvais, Clémentine [France/ UK]
Entrada Kelly, Erin [USA]
Gappah, Pettina [Simbabwe]
Habeck, Robert [D]
Jonsberg, Barry [Australia]
Koens, Enne [The Netherlands]
Lai, Thanhha [Vietnam, USA]
Koens, Enne [The Netherlands]
Louis, Édouard [France]
Lagercrantz, Rose [Sweden]
Lawrence, Iain [Canada]
Liu, Xun [China]
Meschenmoser, Sebastian [D]
Ruffato, Luiz [Brazil]
Sandén, Mårten [Sweden]
Schrott, Raoul [Austria]
Steinfeld, Tobias [D]
Wheatle, Alex [D]
Yockteng, Rafael [Peru/ Colombia]

Spotlight Norway
Dahle, Gro [Norway]
Hagerup, Linde [Norway]
Horndal, Sissel [Norway]
Lian, Torun [Norway]
Moursund, Gry [Norway]
Nyhus, Svein [Norway]

THEO
Hataki, Shahzamir [Afghanistan/ D]
Möller, Henriette [D]
Spieler, Lotti [D]
Young Euro Classics
Iraki, Batul [D]
Münster, Lukas [D]
Zimmermann, Henny [D]
Science and the Humanities
Al Haj Saleh, Yassin [Syria/D]
Eilenberger, Wolfram [D]
Felsch, Philipp [D]
Khalifa, Mustafa [Syria/ France]
Kluge, Ulrike [D]
Ridder, Michael de [D]
Wagner, David [D]

Automatic Writing 2.0
Alanoca, Sacha [France/ Chile]
Awret, Uziel [Israel/ USA]
Beckett, Bernard [New Zealand]
Blanco, Noelia [Argentina/ France]
Burchardt, Aljoscha [D]
Cotten, Ann [USA/ D]
Danaher, John [Ireland]
Dotse, Jonathan [Ghana]
Dufour, Catherine [France]
Du Sautoy, Marcus [UK]
Haider, Thomas [D]
Ings, Simon [UK]
Krämer, Sybille [D]
Landgraf, Tim [D]
Lipski, Roman [Poland/D]
Lord, Karen [Barbados]
Mondal, Mimi [India/ USA]
Monett, Dagmar [D]Müggenburg, Jan [D]
Neuvel, Sylvain [Canada]
O’Connell, Mark [Ireland]
Oh, Temi [Nigeria/UK]
Older, Malka [USA/France]
Oslberg, Karl [D]
Passig, Kathrin [D]
Ritter, Petra [D]
Schönthaler, Philipp [D]
Tidbeck, Karin [Sweden]
Wilk, Elvia [USA/ D]

Specials
Special: About Sex
Aciman, André [Egypt/ USA]
Becker, Theodora [D]
Beier, Klaus M. [D]
Bruns, Claudia [D]
Danaher, John [Ireland]
Eribon, Didier [France]
Gien, Anna [D]
Govrin, Jule [D]
Kandasamy, Meena [India/ UK]
Katsch, Matthias [D]
Myles, Eilen [USA]
Neft, Anselm [D]
Pappel, Paulita [Spanien/ D]
Rosales, Caroline [D]
Şahin, Reyhan aka Dr. Bitch Ray [D]
Stark, Marlene [D]
Vogel, Saskia [USA/ D]
Vogl, Joseph [D]
Wennerscheid, Sophie [D]

Special: Decolonizing Worlds II
Agualusa, José Eduardo [Angola/Mozambique]
Appadurai, Arjun [India]
Aw, Tash [Malaysia/ UK]
Chakrabarty, Dipesh [India/ USA]
Diop, David [Senegal, France]
Edugyan, Esi [Canada]
Gappah, Petina [Simbabwe]
Gryseels, Guido [Belgium]
Hicks, Dan [UK]
Kaleck, Wolfgang [D]
Kilomba, Grada [Portugal/D]
Koch, Lars Christian [D]
Kübler, Heike [D]
Lord, Karen [Barbados]
Olinde, Wilbert Jr [USA/D]
Ribbat, Christoph [D]
Ruffato, Luiz [Brazil]
Snoep, Nanette [Netherlands/ D]
Strausfeld, Michi [D]
Tharoor, Shashi [India/ USA]
Touré, Abdoulayé [Senegal]
Vinke, Kira [D]

Special: New German Voices
Kühmel, Miku Sophie [D]
Maeß, Emanuel [D]

Special: Graphic Novel Day
Bacilieri, Paolo [Italy]
Evens, Brecht [Belgium/ France]Goblet, Dominique [Belgium]
Itagaki, Lina [Lithuania]
Janečić, Helena [Croatia]
Krančan, David [Slovenia]
Novák, Jan [Czech Republic/ USA]
Peidro, Jordi [Spain]
Pfeiffer, Kai [ D]
Suess, Franz [Austria]
Vilé, Jurga [Lithuania]

Special: Third Culture Kid Day
Akbar, Kaveh [Iran/ USA]
Faber, Michel [Netherlands/ UK]
Lai, Thanhha [Vietnam/USA]
Onuzo, Chibundu [Nigeria/ UK]

Speak, Memory
Mandelkow, Miriam [Netherlands, D], Tesfu Temye [D] and Deniz Utlu [D] on James Baldwin
Al-Jarrah, Nouri [Syria/ UK] and Hussein Bin Hamza [Syria/ D] on Nizar Qabbani
Hegemann, Helene [D], Charis Goer [D] and Matthias Penzel [D] on Jörg Fauser
Guggolz, Sebastian [D] and Olga Radetzkaja on Boris Poplawski
Rey Rosa, Rodrigo [Guatemala] and Michael Kleeberg [D] on Paul Bowles
Dalos, György [Hungary/D], Timea Tankó [Hungary/D] and Sebastian Guggolz [D] on Andor
Endre Gelléri
Sofri, Adriano [Italy] and Hans-Gerd Koch [D] on Franz Kafka

Artists
Beldi, Christian [Romania/ D]

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All That Is Evident Is Suspect. Readings from the Oulipo, 1963 – 2018

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is oulipo-monk-becker.jpegSince its inception in Paris in 1960, the OuLiPo―ouvroir de littérature potentielle, or workshop for potential literature―has continually expanded our sense of what writing can do.

It’s produced, among many other marvels, a detective novel without the letter e (and a sequel of sorts without a, i, o, u, or y); an epic poem structured by the Parisian métro system; a story in the form of a tarot reading; a poetry book in the form of a game of go; and a suite of sonnets that would take almost 200 million years to read completely.

Lovers of literature are likely familiar with the novels of the best-known Oulipians―Italo Calvino, Georges Perec, Harry Mathews, Raymond Queneau―and perhaps even the small number of texts available in English on the group, including Warren Motte’s Oulipo: A Primer of Potential Literature and Daniel Levin Becker’s Many Subtle Channels: In Praise of Potential Literature.

But the actual work of the group in its full, radiant collectivity has never before been showcased in English. (“The State of Constraint,” a dossier in issue 22 of McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, comes closest.)

Enter All That is Evident is Suspect: the first collection in English to offer a life-size picture of the group in its historical and contemporary incarnations, and the first in any language to represent all of its members (numbering 41 as of April 2018 ). Combining fiction, poetry, essays and lectures, and never-published internal correspondence―along with the acrobatically constrained writing and complexly structured narratives that have become synonymous with oulipian practice―this volume shows a unique group of thinkers and artists at work and at play, meditating on and subverting the facts of life, love, and the group itself. It’s an unprecedentedly intimate and comprehensive glimpse at the breadth and diversity of one of world literature’s most vital, adventurous presences.

Sharks as poets and vice versa, the Brisbane pitch drop experiment, novel classifications for real or imaginary libraries, the monumental sadness of difficult loves, the obsolescence of the novel, the symbolic significance of the cup-and-ball game, holiday closures across the Francophone world, what happens at Fahrenheit 452, Warren G. Harding’s dark night of the soul, Marcel Duchamp’s imperviousness to conventional spacetime laws, bilingual palindromes, cartoon eodermdromes, oscillating poems, métro poems, metric poems, literary madness, straw cultivation.

Ian Monk is an English poet and Scott Moncrieff Award–winning translator who joined the Oulipo in 1998. He is the author of fifteen books of poetry in English and in French, most recently Vers de l’infini (Cambourakis, 2017), and has translated books by Raymond Roussel, Daniel Pennac, Marie Darrieussecq, Georges Perec, and various other Oulipians. He lives in Paris.

Title All That Is Evident Is Suspect
Subtitle Readings from the Oulipo, 1963 – 2018
Edited by Daniel Levin Becker, Ian Monk
Levin Becker, Daniel (Translator)
Marcel Duchamp (Contributor)
& 1 more
Publisher McSweeney’s
Title First Published 01 November 2018
Format Hardcover
ISBN-10 1944211527
ISBN-13 9781944211523
Publication Date 01 November 2018
Hardcover
November 13, 2018
$32.00

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All That Is Evident Is Suspect
Readings from the Oulipo, 1963 – 2018
Edited by Daniel Levin Becker, Ian Monk

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Lord Byron: Oh! Snatched Away in Beauty’s Bloom (Poem)

    

Oh! Snatched Away in Beauty’s Bloom

Oh! snatched away in beauty’s bloom,
On thee shall press no ponderous tomb;
But on thy turf shall roses rear
Their leaves, the earliest of the year;
And the wild cypress wave in tender
gloom:

And oft by yon blue gushing stream
Shall sorrow lean her drooping head,
And feed deep thought with many a dream,
And lingering pause and lightly tread;
Fond wretch! as if her step disturbed the
dead!

Away! we know that tears are vain,
That death nor heeds nor hears distress:
Will this unteach us to complain?
Or make one mourner weep the less?
And thou – who tell’st me to forget,
Thy looks are wan, thine eyes are wet.

George Gordon Byron
(1788 – 1824)
Oh! Snatched Away in Beauty’s Bloom
(Poem)

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10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is shafak-elif.jpegFor Leila, each minute after her death brings a sensuous memory: the taste of spiced goat stew, sacrificed by her father to celebrate the long-awaited birth of a son; the sight of bubbling vats of lemon and sugar which the women use to wax their legs while the men attend mosque; the scent of cardamom coffee that Leila shares with a handsome student in the brothel where she works.

Each memory, too, recalls the friends she made at each key moment in her life – friends who are now desperately trying to find her. . .

Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist and the most widely read female author in Turkey.

She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published seventeen books, eleven of which are novels. Her work has been translated into fifty languages. Shafak holds a PhD in political science and she has taught at various universities in Turkey, the US and the UK, including St Anne’s College, Oxford University, where she is an honorary fellow. She is a member of World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy and a founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). An advocate for women’s rights, LGBT rights and freedom of speech, Shafak is an inspiring public speaker and twice a TED global speaker, each time receiving a standing ovation.

Shafak contributes to many major publications around the world and she has been awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. In 2017 she was chosen by Politico as one of the twelve people who would make the world better. She has judged numerous literary prizes and is chairing the Wellcome Prize 2019.

She lives in London and can be found at www.elifshafak.com
Twitter @Elif_Safak; Instagram @shafakelif

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World
Elif Shafak (Author)
Hardcover
6 Jun 2019
320 pages
Publisher: Viking
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0241293863
ISBN-13: 978-0241293867
Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.7 x 20.4 cm
RRP: £14.99

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Elif Shafak
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World

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