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  • Childhood, Autobiography and the Francophone Caribbeanby Louise Hardwick

    Liverpool University Press 2013; US$ 72.99 US$ 62.77

    This book explores a major modern turn in Francophone Caribbean literature towards récits d'enfance (narratives of childhood) and asks why this occurred post-1990. more...

  • The Mind of Italo Calvinoby Dani Cavallaro

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2010; US$ 35.00

    At the time of his death, Italo Calvino was internationally regarded as one of Italy's greatest twentieth century writers. His approach to literature was remarkably adventurous, and he produced a thought-provoking oeuvre. It invited readers to engage themselves with radical thoughts and philosophies, an approach lamentably scarce in contemporary... more...

  • Galdosby Jo Labanyi

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 66.95

    Benito Perez Galdos has been described as 'the greatest Spanish novelist since Cervantes.' His work constitutes a major contribution to the nineteenth-century novel, rivalling that of Dickens of Balzac and making him an essential candidate for any course on the fiction of the period. Jo Labanyi's study is supported by a wide-rangting introduction,... more...

  • The Mining Roadby Leanne O'Sullivan

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 10.99

    The Mining Road, Leanne O'Sullivan's third poetry collection, finds inspiration in the disused copper mines that haunt the rugged terrain around Allihies, near her home at Beara, in West Cork. Like remnants of a lost world, the mines' ruined towers, shafts, man-engines and dressing floors, evoke an elemental landscape in which men and women laboured... more...

  • Bad Machineby George Szirtes

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 11.99

    The body is the 'bad machine' of George Szirtes' latest book of poems. The sudden death of his elderly father and of his younger friend, the poet Michael Murphy, remind him how machines "sources of energy and delight in their prime "go so easily wrong; and that change in the body is a signal for moving on. But language too is a body. Here, politics,... more...

  • The Church of Omnivorous Lightby Robert Wrigley

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 13.99

    Robert Wrigley is a poet of America's northern Rocky Mountains. Over three decades his poetry's pervading concerns have been rural Western landscapes and humankind's place within the natural world. His most recent poems have presented a portrait of a nation, one that is a singular part of a singular planet, with an exuberant and frequently exasperating... more...

  • Grun-tu-molaniby Vidyan Ravinthiran

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 13.05

    Vidyan Ravinthiran's much-anticipated first collection contains many poems about Sri Lanka which fuse politics, personal history and myth. Yet his voice pitches itself not so much halfway between East and West as between emotional forthrightness and linguistic exuberance. Traditional forms contend with brusquer impulses in an era of technological distortion;... more...

  • Omnesia (alternative text)by W.N. Herbert

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 11.99

    Omnesia' is Bill Herbert's melding of omniscience and amnesia, the modern condition of thinking we can know everything about our world but, in actuality, retaining dangerously little. This doubly impressive new collection "published in twin editions, the alternative text and the remix "approaches and evades such flawed totality. For the past seven... more...

  • The Pleasure Groundby Richard Murphy

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 13.99

    Richard Murphy, now in his eighties, is one of Ireland's most distinguished poets, known particularly for poems drawing on the people and history of the west of Ireland with classical rigour and 'unvarnished' clarity. He emerged in the 1950s with John Montague and Thomas Kinsella as one of the three major poets in the new Irish poetic renaissance.... more...

  • The Day Hospitalby Sally Read

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 10.99

    Across one day in London, twelve elderly men and women sit in flats, walk, or wait, and speak about their histories, their hopes, their loves, their disappointments and griefs "and above all seek to express who they are and what their life has been. Most are immigrants "Irish, West Indian, Polish, Italian, and German, struggling with a feeling of rootlessness.... more...