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Heroines from Abroad
Edited by Ken Cockburn
Translated by Ken Cockburn
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Price: GBP 11.69
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ISBN: 978 1 784106 30 0
Categories: 21st Century, German, Translation, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: July 2018
216 x 135 x 10 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (Kindle), eBook (EPUB), eBook (PDF)
Heroines from Abroad introduces a vibrant new voice to the English language. Christine Marendon’s enigmatic, meditative poems, translated here from the German and collected for the first time, draw on dreams, fairy tales and childhood memories to tap into a world beyond conscious reach.
Marendon’s poems do not present ideas so much as embody states of mind. Something is realised through the poem, rather than said within it. Here, the voice is more important than the particularities of what is said – language, not words.
For the translator, Heroines from Abroad is the fruit of seven years’ steady work. The poems’ clarity and subtle force, the ‘crystalline, precise quality of their lyricism’ (Sasha Dugdale), are testament to that humble, unhurried collaboration in words.
'With a distinctively female voice, there is indeed a dreamy, Dali-esque quality, where apparently unconnected images circle around each other and leave the reader to make connections, to recognise something deep inside themselves.'
Tamsin Writing review of book launch
'Marendon's work may bridge for English-language readers the perceived chasm between avant-garde and mainstream poetry. It's not obscure, it's not banally 'accessible'. The voice and the language of Cockburn's translations feels freshly rinsed.'
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