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· The Unknown Poe. An Anthology of Fugitive Writings by Edgar Allan Poe · We Begin in Gladness. How Poets Progress by Craig Morgan Teicher · Frankenstein: The 1818 Text by Mary Shelley · Wintertuinfestival Nijmegen van 20-25 november 2018 · Lezing Ton van Reen over: Vreemdelingen in eigen huis · L’esprit littéraire de la Grande Guerre à Redu · 26ste editie Crossing Border festival Den Haag · Antonin Artaud: Anthology · The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells · Vladimir Majakovski nieuwe uitgave van Verzamelde gedichten · Cyrille Offermans: Dagboeknotities. Een iets beschuttere plek misschien · Milkman by Anna Burns winner of the 50th Man Booker Prize

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The Unknown Poe. An Anthology of Fugitive Writings by Edgar Allan Poe

An indispensable anthology of brilliant hard-to-find writings by Poe on poetry, the imagination, humor, and the sublime which adds a new dimension to his stature as a speculative thinker and philosopher. Essays (in translation) by Charles Baudelaire, Stéphane Mallarmé, Paul Valéry, & André Breton shed light on Poe’s relevance within European literary tradition.

These are the arcana of Edgar Allan Poe: writings on wit, humor, dreams, drunkenness, genius, madness, and apocalypse. Here is the mind of Poe at its most colorful, its most incisive, and its most exceptional.

Edgar Allan Poe’s dark, melodic poems and tales of terror and detection are known to readers everywhere, but few are familiar with his cogent literary criticism, or his speculative thinking in science, psychology or philosophy. This book is an attempt to present his lesser known, out of print, or hard to find writings in a single volume, with emphasis on the theoretical and esoteric. The second part, “The Friend View,” includes seminal essays by Poe’s famous admirers in France, clarifying his international literary importance.

America has never seen such a personage as Edgar Allan Poe. He is a figure who appears once an epoch, before passing into myth. American critics from Henry James to T. S. Eliot have disparaged and attempted to explain away his influence to no end, save to perpetuate his fame. Even the disdainful Eliot once conceded, “and yet one cannot be sure that one’s own writing has not been influence by Poe.”

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), born in Boston, Massachusetts, was an American poet, writer, editor, and literary critic. He is well known for his haunting poetry and mysterious short stories. Regarded as being a central figure of Romanticism, he is also considered the inventor of detective fiction and the growing science fiction genre. Some of his most famous works include poems such as The Raven, Annabel Lee, and A Dream Within a Dream; tales such as The Cask of Amontillado, The Masque of Red Death, and The Tell-Tale Heart.

Title: The Unknown Poe
Subtitle: An Anthology of Fugitive Writings
Author: Edgar Allan Poe
Edited by Raymond Foye
Publisher: City Lights Publishers
Format: Paperback
124 pages
ISBN-10 0872861104
ISBN-13 9780872861107
List Price $11.95

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We Begin in Gladness. How Poets Progress by Craig Morgan Teicher

“The staggering thing about a life’s work is it takes a lifetime to complete,” Craig Morgan Teicher writes in these luminous essays.

We Begin in Gladness considers how poets start out, how they learn to hear themselves, and how some offer us that rare, glittering thing: lasting work. Teicher traces the poetic development of the works of Sylvia Plath, John Ashbery, Louise Glück, and Francine J. Harris, among others, to illuminate the paths they forged—by dramatic breakthroughs or by slow increments, and always by perseverance.

We Begin in Gladness is indispensable for readers curious about the artistic life and for writers wondering how they might light out—or even scale the peak of the mountain.

Though it seems, at first, like an art of speaking, poetry is an art of listening. The poet trains to hear clearly and, as much as possible, without interruption, the voice of the mind, the voice that gathers, packs with meaning, and unpacks the language the poet knows.

It can take a long time to learn to let this voice speak without getting in its way. This slow learning, the growth of this habit of inner attentiveness, is poetic development, and it is the substance of the poet’s art. Of course, this growth is rarely steady, never linear, and is sometimes not actually growth but diminishment—that’s all part of the compelling story of a poet’s way forward. —from the Introduction

Craig Morgan Teicher is an acclaimed poet and critic. He is the author of We Begin in Gladness: How Poets Progress, and three books of poetry, including The Trembling Answers, winner of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, and he regularly writes reviews for Los Angeles Times, NPR, and the New York Times Book Review. He lives in New Jersey.

We Begin in Gladness.
How Poets Progress
by Craig Morgan Teicher
Publication Date 11/6/18
Format: Paperback
ISBN 978-1-55597-821-1
Subject: Literary Criticism
Pages 176
Graywolf Press

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Frankenstein: The 1818 Text by Mary Shelley

For the bicentennial of its first publication, Mary Shelley’s original 1818 text, introduced by National Book Critics Circle award-winner Charlotte Gordon. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

2018 marks the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s seminal novel. For the first time, Penguin Classics will publish the original 1818 text, which preserves the hard-hitting and politically-charged aspects of Shelley’s original writing, as well as her unflinching wit and strong female voice. This edition also emphasizes Shelley’s relationship with her mother—trailblazing feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, who penned A Vindication of the Rights of Woman—and demonstrates her commitment to carrying forward her mother’s ideals, placing her in the context of a feminist legacy rather than the sole female in the company of male poets, including Percy Shelley and Lord Byron.

This edition includes a new introduction and suggestions for further reading by National Book Critics Circle award-winner and Shelley expert Charlotte Gordon, literary excerpts and reviews selected by Gordon, and a chronology and essay by preeminent Shelley scholar Charles E. Robinson.

Mary Shelley: The daughter of Mary Wollestonecraft, the ardent feminist and author of A Vindication on the Right of Women, and William Godwin, the radical-anarchist philosopher and author of Lives of the Necromancers, Mary Goodwin was born into a freethinking, revolutionary household in London on August 30,1797. Educated mainly by her intellectual surroundings, she had little formal schooling and at 16 eloped with the young poet Percy Bysshe Shelley; they eventually married in 1816. Mary Shelley’s life had many tragic elements. Her mother died giving birth to Mary; her half-sister committed suicide; Harriet Shelley (Percy’s wife) drowned herself and her unborn child after he ran off with Mary. William Godwin disowned Mary and Shelley after their elopement, but—heavily in debt—recanted and came to them for money; Mary’s first child died soon after its birth; and in 1822 Percy Shelley drowned in the Gulf of La Spezia—when Mary was not quite 25. Mary Shelley recalled that her husband was “forever inciting” her to “obtain literary reputation.” But she did not begin to write seriously until the summer of 1816, when she and Shelley were in Switzerland, neighbor to Lord Byron. One night following a contest to compose ghost stories, Mary conceived her masterpiece, Frankenstein. After Shelley’s death she continued to write Valperga (1823), The Last Man (1826), Ladore (1835), and Faulkner (1837), in addition to editing her husband’s works. In 1838 she began to work on his biography, but owing to poor health she completed only a fragment. Although she received marriage proposals from Trelawney, John Howard Payne, and perhaps Washington Irving, Mary Shelley never remarried. “I want to be Mary Shelley on my tombstone,” she is reported to have said. She died on February 1, 1851, survived by her son, Percy Florence.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,800 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Frankenstein: The 1818 Text
By Mary Shelley
Introduction by Charlotte Gordon
Contribution by Charlotte Gordon
Fiction Classics
Penguin Random House
Published by Penguin Classics
Jan 16, 2018
288 Pages
ISBN 9780143131847

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Frankenstein – Mary Shelley magazine

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Wintertuinfestival Nijmegen van 20-25 november 2018


Het Wintertuinfestival, dat van 20 tot en met 25 november 2018 plaatsvindt in Nijmegen, gaat dit jaar over de vraag: Wat horen we als we luisteren? Tientallen schrijvers, dichters, wetenschappers, muzikanten en kunstenaars gaan in op dit thema. Zowel grote literaire namen als aanstormende talenten reizen af naar Nijmegen.

20 t/m 25 november: Wintertuinfestival Nijmegen

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Lezing Ton van Reen over: Vreemdelingen in eigen huis

Aanstaande woensdag,  7 november,  geeft schrijver Ton van Reen een lezing in de jaarlijkse lezingencyclus van het Dr. Winand Roukens Fonds, aan de Universiteit van Maastricht.

De lezing vindt plaats in de Karl Dittrichzaal van de Universiteit te Maastricht, in het voormalige Bonnefantenklooster, Bonnefantenstraat 2 te Maastricht.

Het thema van de lezingencyclus van het WRF is in dit studiejaar ‘Vreemd in Limburg’.

De eerste lezing werd gehouden door prof. Joep Geraets, hoogleraar genetica en celbiologie over ‘vreemd DNA in Limburg’. De tweede werd gehouden door Dr. Lotte Thissen, cultureel antropoloog, en had als thema de taal waarin wij met elkaar omgaan. De derde lezing is door Ton van Reen. De vierde lezing, over arbeid door buitenlanders zoals Polen, wordt gehouden door Karolina Swoboda, eigenaar van een van de grootste organisaties voor arbeidsbemiddeling in Europa.

In zijn lezing zal Ton van Reen vooral vertellen over de mensen die niet bij ons mochten horen, de vreemdelingen in eigen huis. Omdat ze door de katholieke kerk benoemd waren tot kinderen van de duivel: de kubla walda, de kaboten, de kabouters. In het kort, de door de rk Kerk verstoten kinderen, zoals de kinderen die werden geboren met het syndroom van Down, die volgens de kerk duivelskinderen waren, omdat hun vader de duivel zou zijn en hun moeder omgang had met de duivel.

De rk Kerk heeft altijd de mensen die haar niet goed gezind waren, of van wie ze niet wilden dat ze katholiek werden, in verband gebracht met de duivel, zoals joden, roma en sinti, vrouwen die van hekserij werden beschuldigd, enzovoort.

De duivel zou een geest zijn die zelf niet kon handelen , maar handlangers op aarde nodig had om zijn kwalijke werken uit te voeren, zoals misoogsten, uitbraken van pest en andere plagen, veeziektes , die tot hongersnoden hebben geleid, kinderroof, en zo meer.

Meer dan tien eeuwen lang heeft de kerk de mensen angst aangepraat voor alles wat anders was in de ogen van priesters en voor iedereen die anders dacht of een ander geloof aanhing.

Duizenden mensen, alleen al in het huidige Limburg, waren het slachtoffer van deze vervolgingen door een organisatie die zich boven alles verheven voelde en beschikte over leven en dood.

In de hele wereld werden er miljoenen mensen geslachtofferd en vaak na gruwelijke martelingen vermoord door een organisatie die zegt liefde te prediken maar haat heeft gezaaid en mensen tegen elkaar heeft opgezet.

Aanstaande woensdag, 7 november 2018, lezing van schrijver Ton van Reen in de jaarlijkse lezingencyclus van het Dr. Winand Roukens Fonds, aan de Universiteit van Maastricht.

De lezing vindt plaats in de Karl Dittrichzaal van de Universiteit te Maastricht, in het voormalige Bonnefantenklooster, Bonnefantenstraat 2 te Maastricht. De aanvang is om 16.00 uur. Graag iets eerder aanwezig. Einde om 18.00 uur. Iedereen is welkom.

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Ton van Reen magazine

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L’esprit littéraire de la Grande Guerre à Redu


Redu, en tant que village du livre, ne peut célébrer le centième anniversaire de la fin de la Grande Guerre qu’en mettant à l’honneur la littérature de l’époque.

L’angle de vue choisi est celui de la poésie née sur, ou au plus près des champs de bataille et des tranchées.

Une poésie européenne au sens le plus large qui balaie l’Europe de la Russie aux Iles britanniques ; une poésie qui, pour exprimer la puissance de cette première conflagration mondiale en son effet sur le corps et sur les consciences, se cherche des formes nouvelles.

En ce début du vingtième siècle le soldat est scolarisé.

Il lit, il écrit : des lettres, des carnets d’instantanés, et de la poésie, qui rendent compte de l’instant d’angoisse, de désespoir, de sentiment d’abandon dans un monde devenu fou.

Ainsi la Grande Guerre donne-t-elle naissance à une poésie de l’instant vécu avec une intensité hors norme par des écrivains devenus combattants.

Ce parcours tracé dans les rues de Redu, les poèmes affichés aux murs du village, en témoignent.



Du 19 mai au 11 novembre 2018
Un circuit de 20 poèmes des soldats de la Grande Guerre.


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26ste editie Crossing Border festival Den Haag


Crossing Border heeft ook dit jaar weer vanuit de hele wereld een groot aantal vernieuwende auteurs en muzikanten uitgenodigd die een passie delen voor het gesproken woord, songteksten en taal.

Unieke optredens waar literatuur en muziek samenwerken én botsen. Dit jaar vindt de 26ste editie van het festival plaats.

Al sinds de eerste editie in 1993 zoekt Crossing Border de grenzen op van muziek en woord om er vervolgens een brug tussen te slaan. De afgelopen jaren is het festival uitgegroeid tot een van de meest progressieve internationale festivals op het gebied van literatuur en muziek in Europa.

Elk jaar komen meer dan 100 schrijvers, artiesten en muzikanten van over de hele wereld samen op het Crossing Border festival in Den Haag.

Grote namen en opkomend talent wisselen elkaar af. De 26ste editie beslaat een week, met zowel overdag als ‘s avonds programmering op meerdere podia in Theater aan het Spui, De Nieuwe Kerk, festivaltent Katrina, Filmhuis Den Haag en de Centrale Bibliotheek.

Michael Palin – Karrie Fransman – Murat Isik – Aminatta Forna – Sandro Veronesi – Sasha Marianna Salzmann – Oyinkan Braithwaite – Daniel Kehlmann – Tracyanne & Danny – St. Paul & the Broken Bones – Theo Loevendie – Joe Armon-Jones – Simone Atangana Bekono – Richard Powers – De Poezieboys – Patrick deWitt – Radna Fabias – Hannah Sullivan – Sharlene Teo – Radna Fabias – Cynan Jones – Rembrandt Frerichs Trio – Gary Grosby José Eduardo Agualusa – Xylouris White – Gavin Bryars – Ramón Esono Ebalé – Christian Vander- Moses Boyd-Exodus – Hossein Alizadeh – Alela Diane – Gavin Bryars – Melle Smets – Christian Vander – Benjamin Glorieux – Lewsberg- Pete Wu – Lana Lux – Alfred Birney – Daniel Blumberg – Eva Meijer – Byron Rich – Kris De Decker – Jack Underwood – Douglas Firs – Yonatan Gat – Bregje Hofstede – Rashif El Kaoui – Douglas Firs – Seward – Charlotte Mutsaers – Momtaza Mehri – Abdelkader Benali – The Addict – Sofie Lakmaker – Honey Harper – Paolo Giordano – Marente de Moor – Pitou – Fantastic Negrito- Ties Mellema – StringTing – Anthony Anaxagorou – Kees ‘t Hart – Maartje Wortel – Sarah Arnolds – Rachael Allen – Tommy Wieringa – Michael Fehr – Gabriel Royal – Steve Davis – Lina Wolff – Joost Pollmann – Kavus Torabi – Mauro Libertella – Michael Fehr – Saskia de Coster – Jeroen Janssen – Meg Baird en Mary Lattimore – Sabrina Mahfouz – Edoardo Albinati – Dean Bowen – Little Raven – Peter Buurman – Maarja Nuut & Ruum – Sunny Sjoerd – Johan Harstad- Emma-Jean Thackray – Skinny Pelembe

Theater aan het Spui
Bibliotheek Den Haag
Nieuwe Kerk
Festivaltent Katrina
Filmhuis Den Haag

26ste editie Crossing Border festival Den Haag
9 oct t/m 4 nov 2018

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Antonin Artaud: Anthology

“I am the man,” wrote Artaud, “who has best charted his inmost self.” Antonin Artaud was a great poet who, like Poe, Holderlin, and Nerval, wanted to live in the infinite and asked that the human spirit burn in absolute freedom.

To society, he was a madman. Artaud, however, was not insane, but in luciferian pursuit of what society keeps hidden. The man who wrote Van Gogh the Man Suicided by Society raged against the insanity of social institutions with insight that proves more prescient with every passing year. Today, as Artaud’s vatic thunder still crashes above the “larval confusion” he despised, what is most striking in his writings is an extravagant lucidity.

This collection gives us quintessential Artaud on the occult, magic, the theater, mind and body, the cosmos, rebellion, and revolution in its deepest sense.

Title Artaud Anthology
Author Antonin Artaud
Edited by Jack Hirschman
Publisher City Lights Publishers
Format: Paperback
Nb of pages 256 p.
First published 1963
ISBN-10 0872860000
ISBN-13 9780872860001

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Antonin Artaud magazine

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The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

H. G. Wells was born Herbert George in Bromley, Kent, England, on September 21, 1866. His father was a professional cricketer and sometimes shopkeeper, his mother a former lady’s maid.

Although “Bertie” left school at fourteen to become a draper’s apprentice (a life he detested), he later won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in London, where he studied with the famous Thomas Henry Huxley. He began to sell articles and short stories regularly in 1893.

In 1895, his immediately successful novel rescued him from a life of penury on a schoolteacher’s salary. His other “scientific romances”—The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), The War of the Worlds (1898), The First Men in the Moon (1901), and The War in the Air (1908)—won him the distinction as the father of science fiction.

Henry James saw in Wells the most gifted writer of the age, but Wells, having coined the phrase “the war that will end war” to describe World War I, became increasingly disillusioned and focused his attention on educating mankind with his bestselling Outline of History (1920) and his later utopian works. Living until 1946, Wells witnessed a world more terrible than any of his imaginative visions, and he bitterly observed: “Reality has taken a leaf from my book and set itself to supercede me.”

The War of the Worlds (1898) conjures a terrifying, tentacled race of Martians who devastate the Earth and feed on their human victims while their voracious vegetation, the red weed, spreads over the ruined planet. After the novel’s hero finds himself trapped in what is left of London, despairing at the destruction of human civilization, he discovers that life on Earth is more resilient than he had imagined. Adapted by Orson Welles for his notorious 1938 radio drama and subsequently by many filmmakers, H. G. Wells’s timeless story shows no sign of losing its grip on readers’ imaginations.

The War of the Worlds
By H.G. Wells
Category: Science Fiction
Nov 06, 2018
192 Pages
Published by Vintage
ISBN 9780525564164

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Vladimir Majakovski nieuwe uitgave van Verzamelde gedichten

Sinds de vertaling van Marko Fondse van Majakovski’s werken uitkwam, vijfentwintig jaar geleden, is diens poëzie niet meer weg te denken uit de Nederlandse boekhandel. De ongeëvenaarde lenigheid van de taal die Fondse wist aan te boren zette de dichter hier voorgoed op de kaart.

Met de ge-update versie van de poëzie van Majakovski zijn zijn beroemde poèma’s en andere gedichten nu weer beschikbaar. Het bekende Een wolk in broek en Mens, die dateren van voor de revolutie van 1917, laten de gepassioneerde (liefdes)dichter in optima forma zien. De grote gedichten Ik heb lief en Daarover, van na de revolutie, zijn twee positieve uitzonderingen op de socialistische poëzie waaraan Majakovski zijn dichterschap ten slotte offerde: daarin keert de bravoure van zijn vroege lyriek even terug.

Deze uitgave van Majakovski’s poëzie is voor de gelegenheid aangevuld met een grote hoeveelheid gedichten uit zijn enorme oeuvre. Vele daarvan verschenen niet eerder in Nederlandse vertaling. De herziening en uitbreiding zijn in handen van Majakovski-vertaler Yolanda Bloemen.

Alles waarvoor de dichter Vladimir Majakovski (1893–1930) hartstochtelijk leefde en werkte, de revolutie en de opbouw van het socialisme, is een eeuw na zijn geboorte grondig in diskrediet geraakt en ineengestort. Naar Majakovski’s socialistische poëzie kijkt bijna geen mens meer om. Wel wordt zijn voorrevolutionaire werk nog gelezen: de gedichten van Een wolk in broek tot en met Mens, een ding, met hun unieke mixtuur van lyrische, epische en dramatische kwaliteiten. Na 1917 wist Majakovski zich nog twee maal van zijn socialistische preoccupaties los te maken in de twee grote poëma’s Ik heb lief en Daarover (1921-1923).

Auteur: Vladimir Majakovski
Titel: Verzamelde gedichten
Vertalingen: Marko Fondse, Yolanda Bloemen e.a.
Taal: Nederlands
Uitgever: Uitgeverij van Oorschot
Bindwijze: Paperback
Verschijningsdatum: september 2018
Druk: 1e druk
Afmetingen: 21 x 13 x 2,9 cm
Aantal pagina’s: 480
ISBN-13 9789028280915
ISBN-10 902828091X
€ 29,99

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Vladimir Majakovski magazine

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Cyrille Offermans: Dagboeknotities. Een iets beschuttere plek misschien

Heel 2017 schreef Cyrille Offermans aan wat je nog het beste zou kunnen omschrijven als een intellectueel journaal: een verzameling notities, beschouwingen, herinneringen, observaties en essayistische commentaren op gelezen boeken en gebeurtenissen in de wereld.

Dat de barre werkelijkheid voortdurend zijn plaats op de voorgrond opeist, zegt genoeg over onze tijd. Het boek (en dus het jaar) begint en eindigt met de doffe ellende in Syrië.

Daartussen presenteert zich een baaierd aan onderwerpen – van de Franse verkiezingen en de afnemende tekenvaardigheid van de schooljeugd tot en met uiteenzettingen over bibliomanie, de betekenis van carnaval, de eerste woordjes van een kleinkind of de ziekte van een vriendin.

Er is alles in de wereld. En er is alles in dit boek.

Cyrille Offermans (Geleen, 8 april 1945) is een Nederlandse schrijver, essayist en criticus. Hij publiceert met name in De Groene Amsterdammer, Vrij Nederland, De Standaard en Raster. Bij het laatste literair tijdschrift werkte hij tevens als redacteur. Hij publiceerde meer dan twintig boeken in uiteenlopende genres, vooral essayistiek in het grensgebied van literatuur, filosofie, cultuurgeschiedenis en politiek. Zijn werk werd diverse malen met prestigieuze prijzen bekroond.

Cyrille Offermans
Een iets beschuttere plek misschien
Uitgeverij De Arbeiderspers
Privé-domein – Paperback
Publicatiedatum: 25-09-2018
ISBN: 9789029525794
NUR: 321
€ 25,99

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Milkman by Anna Burns winner of the 50th Man Booker Prize

‘None of us has ever read anything like this before. Anna Burns’ utterly distinctive voice challenges conventional thinking and form in surprising and immersive prose. It is a story of brutality, sexual encroachment and resistance threaded with mordant humour. Set in a society divided against itself, Milkman explores the insidious forms oppression can take in everyday life.’  Kwame Anthony Appiah, 2018 Chair of Judges

Set in an un-named city but with an astonishing, breath-shorteningly palpable sense of time and place Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. The story of inaction with enormous consequences and decisions that are never made, but for which people are judged and punished.

Middle sister is our protagonist. She is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her nearly-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with milkman (which she herself for the life of her cannot work out how it came about). But when first brother-in-law, who of course had sniffed it out, told his wife, her first sister, to tell her mother to come and have a talk with her, middle sister becomes ‘interesting’. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous.

Milkman is a searingly honest novel told in prose that is as precise and unsentimental as it is devastating and brutal. A novel that is at once unlocated and profoundly tethered to place is surely a novel for our times.

Anna Burns was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is the author of two novels, No Bones and Little Constructions, and of the novella, Mostly Hero. No Bones won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize and was short-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction. She lives in East Sussex, England.

by Anna Burns
Language: English
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Imprint: Faber Fiction
360 pages
ISBN-10: 9780571338757
ISBN-13: 978-0571338757
Awards: Man Booker Prize 2018 UK

# new fiction
man booker prize 2018 magazine

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