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The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx

Tara Bergin

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ISBN: 978 1 784103 80 4
Categories: 21st Century, Irish, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: July 2017
216 x 135 mm
64 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx is Tara Bergin’s second collection, and draws on the influences of folksong, poetic translation, and theatrical monologue. The title refers to the story of Eleanor Marx, daughter of Karl Marx and a pioneering feminist and socialist. She was also the first official English translator of Madame Bovary, and in 1898, committed suicide in the same way that Emma Bovary kills herself in Flaubert’s novel. You could say that both women died for love – or for an all-consuming disappointment in love, because it turned out to be quite different from what is promised in fiction. The poems in this collection adopt the form of song and fairytale to create a set of poems of love and hate, inspired by the desperate accuracy and faithfulness with which Eleanor Marx translated her source text. At its core, The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx is concerned with the powerful, alluring, and often tragic consequences of translation in all its guises – including those of reader, artist, stenographer, actor, and veiled figure.
    Tara Bergin is from Dublin. Her first collection of poems, This is Yarrow, was published by Carcanet in 2013, and won the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize and the Shine/Strong Award for best first collection by an Irish author, and was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award. ... read more
    Awards won by Tara Bergin Winner, 2014 Shine/Strong Poetry Award Winner, 2014 Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection Short-listed, 2014 Irish Times Poetry Now Award
    Praise for Tara Bergin 'Bergin succeeds in creating a clear voice and a dramatic situation. This is Yarrow is primarily a book of monologues, establishing voices whose skewed attitudes invite an engaged critical response from the reader. The monologues are sometimes reminiscent of Paul Durcan and at other times Sylvia Plath and they can be very cutting and funny at the expense of their speakers'
    John McAuliffe, Irish Times
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