Shopping cart is empty.
This catalog has no sub-catalogs.

Deaf Republic

  • $25.00  
  •  (retail price )
  • (quantity currently in stock: 2)
  • Deaf Republic 
    Title: Deaf Republic
    Author: KAMINSKY ILYA
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 20/06/2019
    Imprint: FABER & FABER
    Price: $25.00
    Publishing status: Active

    Poetry Book Society Choice 2019

    'A perfectly extraordinary book. It is so romantic, and so painful, with such a stunning lightness of touch but such devastating weight. It speaks forward and backward, directly to - and beautifully beyond - the time of its creation in the way that only truly great literature does. I will keep reading it, again and again, as the world turns. I feel quite sure my grandchildren will read this book. It's one of those.' - Max Porter

    Deaf Republic opens in a time of political unrest in an occupied territory. It is uncertain where we are or when, in what country or during what conflict, but we come to recognise that these events are also happening here, right now. This astonishing parable in poems unfolds episodically like a play, its powerful narrative provoked by a tragic opening scene: when soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear - in that moment, all have gone deaf. Inside this silence, their dissent becomes coordinated by sign language. The story then follows the private lives of townspeople encircled by public violence: a newly married couple, Alfonso and Sonya, expecting their child; the daring Momma Galya, instigating the insurgency from her puppet theatre; and Galya's puppeteers, covertly teaching signs by day and by night heroically luring soldiers one by one to their deaths behind the curtain.

    At once a love story, an elegy, and an urgent plea, Deaf Republic confronts our time's vicious atrocities and our collective silence in the face of them.

    ISBN: 9780571351411
     *Titles in stock are generally despatched within 24 hours. Titles not in stock are obtained from their supplier, generally within 7-14 days; we'll notify you of any delays or price changes. We only charge your credit card for titles once they are in stock and ready for despatch.