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David Constantine

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  • David Constantine is a novelist, poet and translator of Hoelderlin, Goethe, Faust and Brecht. He is also an editor of OxfordPoets, an imprint of Carcanet Press, and of the magazine Modern Poetry in Translation. Born in Salford, Lancashire, in 1944, he is a Fellow of Queen's College, Oxford, where he now lives. He has published half a dozen volumes of poems, all with Bloodaxe Books, including Something for the Ghosts (2002) and Collected Poems (2004). His acclaimed collection of short fiction, Under the Dam, was published by Comma Press in 2005.
    'I started reading these stories quietly, and then became obsessed, read them all fast, and started re-reading them again and again. They are gripping tales, but what is startling is the quality of the writing. Every sentence is both unpredictable and exactly what it should be. Reading them is a series of short shocks of (agreeably envious) pleasure...'
    AS Byatt, Book of the Week, The Guardian
    'Perhaps the finest of contemporary writers in this form.'
    The Reader
    'An exacting wordsmith, David Constantine is always in complete control of his material, every sentence exquisitely wrought to convey exactly the mood he intends.'
    The Good Book Guide
    'Constantine's stories are not pre-prepared in any sense; he starts anew every time. Inspired by that image or specific instance, his work has a feeling of wholeness and growth. Natural phenomena are deeply expressive.'
    The Irish Post
    'Perhaps the finest of contemporary writers in this form.'
    The Reader
    Awards won by David Constantine Short-listed, 2010 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award (The Shieling) Winner, 2013 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize
    (Tea at the Midland)
    Winner, 2010 BBC National Short Story Award
    (Tea at the Midland)
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