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Ocean Vuong

· Ocean Vuong: Op aarde schitteren we even · Winner of the 2017 T. S. Eliot Prize: Ocean Vuong with ‘Night Sky with Exit Wounds’ · Bullets into Bells. Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence · The T. S. Eliot 2017 prize for poetry will be announced on Monday 15th January 2018 · Ocean Vuong: Night Sky with Exit Wounds

Ocean Vuong: Op aarde schitteren we even

De debuutroman van de dichter Ocean Vuong is een schokkend familieportret en een indringend relaas van een eerste liefde, waarin de bezwerende kracht van taal en verhalen wordt aangewend als middel om te overleven en kloven te overbruggen.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is ocean-vuong.jpegOp aarde schitteren we even is een brief van een zoon aan zijn moeder die niet kan lezen.

De schrijver van de brief, de achtentwintigjarige Hondje, legt een familiegeschiedenis bloot die voor zijn geboorte begon – een geschiedenis waarvan het brandpunt in Vietnam ligt. Daarnaast verschaft hij toegang tot delen van zijn leven waar zijn moeder nooit van heeft geweten, en doet hij een onvergetelijke onthulling.

De roman is behalve een getuigenis van de problematische maar onmiskenbare liefde tussen een alleenstaande moeder en haar zoon, ook een genadeloos eerlijk onderzoek naar ras, klasse en mannelijkheid. Op aarde schitteren we even stelt vragen die centraal staan in het Amerika van nu, dat ondergedompeld is in verslaving, geweld en trauma.

Het is een roman vol mededogen en tederheid over de kracht van je eigen verhaal vertellen en over de vernietigende stilte van niet gehoord worden.

Met verbluffende urgentie en elegantie schrijft Ocean Vuong over mensen die klem zitten tussen onverenigbare werelden, en onderzoekt hij hoe we elkaar kunnen genezen en redden zonder te verloochenen wie we zijn. De vraag hoe we moeten overleven, en hoe we daar een soort vreugde aan kunnen ontlenen, is de drijvende kracht van de belangrijkste debuutroman sinds jaren.

Ocean Vuong (1988) is dichter, essayist en schrijver. Stukken van zijn hand verschenen o.a. in The Atlantic, Harper’s en The New Yorker. Hij werd geboren in Saigon en emigreerde in 1990 met zijn familie naar de VS. Zijn familie bestaat voor een groot deel uit dyslectici en zelf leerde hij pas op zijn elfde lezen. Desondanks won hij met zijn veelgeprezen poëziedebuut Night Sky With Exit Wounds een aantal grote literaire prijzen zoals de Whiting Award en de T.S Elliot Prize. Op aarde schitteren we even is zijn romandebuut.

Ocean Vuong
Op aarde schitteren we even
Vertaling: Johannes Jonkers
Uitgeverij Hollands Diep
Paperback
240 p.
ISBN: 9789048846832
Verschijnt op 03-09-2019
€ 21.99

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Winner of the 2017 T. S. Eliot Prize: Ocean Vuong with ‘Night Sky with Exit Wounds’

An extraordinary debut from a young Vietnamese American, ‘Night Sky with Exit Wounds’ is a book of poetry unlike any other.

Steeped in war and cultural upheaval and wielding a fresh new language, Vuong writes about the most profound subjects – love and loss, conflict, grief, memory and desire – and attends to them all with lines that feel newly-minted, graceful in their cadences, passionate and hungry in their tender, close attention: ‘…the chief of police/facedown in a pool of Coca-Cola./A palm-sized photo of his father soaking/beside his left ear.’

This is an unusual, important book: both gentle and visceral, vulnerable and assured, and its blend of humanity and power make it one of the best first collections of poetry to come out of America in years.

Ocean Vuong was born in a rice farm outside Saigon in 1988. At the age of two, after a year in a refugee camp, he and his family arrived in the US. He is the first in his immediate family to learn how to read proficiently, at the age of eleven. With Ben Lerner as his mentor at Brooklyn College, he wrote the poems that would become this first collection. A Ruth Lilly fellow and winner of a Pushcart Prize, he has received honours and awards from Poets House and the Academy of American Poets. Night Sky with Exit Wounds won the 2016 Whiting Award. Ocean Vuong lives in New York.

Ocean Vuong:
Night Sky with Exit Wounds
English
Publ. Jonathan Cape
Published 4th April 2017
96 Pages
129mm x 197mm x 9mm
ISBN10 1911214519
ISBN13 9781911214519
Paperback
€ 11,46

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Bullets into Bells. Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence

Bullets into Bells is a powerful call to end American gun violence from celebrated poets and those most impacted

Focused intensively on the crisis of gun violence in America, this volume brings together poems by dozens of our best-known poets, including Billy Collins, Patricia Smith, Natalie Diaz, Ocean Vuong, Danez Smith, Brenda Hillman, Natasha Threthewey, Robert Hass, Naomi Shihab Nye, Juan Felipe Herrera, Mark Doty, Rita Dove, and Yusef Komunyakaa.

Each poem is followed by a response from a gun violence prevention activist, political figure, survivor, or concerned individual, including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jody Williams; Senator Christopher Murphy; Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts; survivors of the Columbine, Sandy Hook, Charleston Emmanuel AME, and Virginia Tech shootings; and Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir, and Lucy McBath, mother of Jordan Davis.

The result is a stunning collection of poems and prose that speaks directly to the heart and a persuasive and moving testament to the urgent need for gun control.

Bullets into Bells
Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence
Foreword by Gabrielle Giffords
Introduction by Colum McCann
Edited by Brian Clements, Alexandra Teague and Dean Rader
Category: Poetry
Paperback
Dec 05, 2017
208 Pages
$15.00
Published by Beacon Press
ISBN 9780807025581

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The T. S. Eliot 2017 prize for poetry will be announced on Monday 15th January 2018

The T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry was inaugurated in 1993 to celebrate the Poetry Book Society’s 40th birthday and honour its founding poet.

Described as ‘the prize most poets want to win’ (Sir Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate) and ‘the world’s top poetry award’ (Independent), it is awarded annually to the author of the best new collection of poetry published in the UK and Ireland.

The T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry was inaugurated in 1993 to celebrate the Poetry Book Society’s 40th birthday and honour its founding poet.

 

To mark the 25th anniversary of the T. S. Eliot Prize, the T. S. Eliot Foundation has increased the winner’s prize money to £25,000. Judges Bill Herbert (Chair), James Lasdun and Helen Mort have chosen the shortlist from a record 154 poetry collections submitted by publishers:

Tara Bergin – The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx (Carcanet) PBS Autumn Recommendation

Caroline Bird – In these Days of Prohibition (Carcanet)

Douglas Dunn – The Noise of a Fly (Faber & Faber) PBS Autumn Recommendation

Leontia Flynn – The Radio (Cape Poetry)

Roddy Lumsden – So Glad I’m Me (Bloodaxe)

Michael Symmons Roberts – Mancunia (Cape Poetry) PBS Autumn Recommendation

Robert Minhinnick – Diary of the Last Man (Carcanet)

James Sheard – The Abandoned Settlements (Cape Poetry) PBS Spring Choice

Jacqueline Saphra – All My Mad Mothers (Nine Arches Press)

Ocean Vuong – Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Cape Poetry) PBS Summer Recommendation

Chair Bill Herbert said:
“This was a very strong year, and it was a privilege to read so many books that possessed as well as intrigued us; our shortlist explores grief, pleasure, place and history in a formidable variety of ways.”

The T. S. Eliot Prize is run by The T. S. Eliot Foundation. This is the richest prize in British poetry, with the winning poet receiving a cheque for £25,000 and the shortlisted poets each receiving £1,500.

The T. S. Eliot Prize Shortlist Readings will take place on Sunday 14th January 2018 in Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. The shortlist readings are the largest annual poetry event in the UK and will be hosted once again by Ian McMillan. Tickets are now on sale from Southbank Centre’s ticket office on 0203 879 9555 or via www.southbankcentre.co.uk/literature.

The winner of the 2017 Prize will be announced at the Award Ceremony on Monday 15th January 2018, where the winner and the shortlisted poets will be presented with their cheques. This continues the tradition started by Mrs Valerie Eliot, who provided the prize money from the inception of the Prize.

Last year’s winner was Jacob Polley for Jackself (Picador). The judges were Ruth Padel (Chair), Julia Copus and Alan Gillis.

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Ocean Vuong: Night Sky with Exit Wounds

An extraordinary debut from a young Vietnamese American, Night Sky with Exit Wounds is a book of poetry unlike any other. Steeped in war and cultural upheaval and wielding a fresh new language, Vuong writes about the most profound subjects – love and loss, conflict, grief, memory and desire – and attends to them all with lines that feel newly-minted, graceful in their cadences, passionate and hungry in their tender, close attention: ‘…the chief of police facedown in a pool of Coca-Cola. A palm-sized photo of his father soaking beside his left ear.’

This is an unusual, important book: both gentle and visceral, vulnerable and assured, and its blend of humanity and power make it one of the best first collections of poetry to come out of America in years.

Biography: Ocean Vuong was born in a rice farm outside Saigon in 1988. At the age of two, after a year in a refugee camp, he and his family arrived in the US.

He is the first in his immediate family to learn how to read proficiently, at the age of eleven. With Ben Lerner as his mentor at Brooklyn College, he wrote the poems that would become this first collection.

A Ruth Lilly fellow and winner of a Pushcart Prize, he has received honours and awards from Poets House and the Academy of American Poets. Night Sky with Exit Wounds won the 2016 Whiting Award. Ocean Vuong lives in New York.

‘These are poems of exquisite beauty, unashamed of romance, and undaunted by looking directly into the horrors of war, the silences of history. One of the most important debut collections for a generation.’ Andrew McMillan

Shortlisted for the 2017 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection
Ocean Vuong
Night Sky with Exit Wounds
Cape Poetry, 2017
96 Pages,
129mm x 197mm x 9mm

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