A village life


With black humour and luminously crafted lyricism, these poems weave together the stories of an unnamed rural village. We meet children with unspoken secrets and adults on the verge of adultery, living against a natural world that is blind and ravenous.

ISBN: 9781847770592 Author: Glück, Louise Publisher: Carcanet Poetry Publication Date: 28th May 2010 Imprint: Carcanet Poetry Cover: Paperback Dewey: 811.54 (edition:22) Pages: 72 Language: English Readership: / Code: Category: Subject:

Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2020

From a fountain where ‘all the roads in the village unite’, concentric circles expand into the distance: the young and old, fields, a river, a mountain – the fountain’s stone counterpart, where the roads end, human time superimposed on geological time. Renowned as a lyrical poet of austere intensity, in A Village Life Louise Glück evokes a Mediterranean world with luminous precision. Her focus is on moments of speculation and reflection in a dreamlike present tense.
Cover image: Print by unknown artist, c. 1930, from the Robert O. Muller collection. Cover design: StephenRaw.com

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