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Faithful and Virtuous Night
Categories: 21st Century, American, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (80 pages)
Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2020
Shortlisted for the 2014 Forward Prize for Best Collection
Shortlisted for the 2014 T.S. Eliot Prize
You enter the world of this spellbinding book through one of its many dreamlike portals, and each time you enter it's the same place but it has been arranged differently. You were a woman. You were a man. This is a story of adventure, an encounter with the unknown, a knight's undaunted journey into the kingdom of death; this is a story of the world you've always known, that first primer where 'on page three, a dog appeared. / On page five, there was a ball', and every familiar facet has been made to shimmer like the contours of a dream, 'the dog float[ing] into sky to join the ball'. Faithful and Virtuous Night tells a single story, but the parts are mutable, the great sweep of it's narrative mysterious and fateful, heartbreaking and charged with wonder.
Awards won by Louise Glück Short-listed, 2014 Forward Prize for Best Collection (Faithful and Virtuous Night) Short-listed, 2014 T. S. Eliot Prize (Faithful and Virtuous Night) Winner, 1993 Pulitzer Prize (The Wild Iris)
'Characteristically sure-footed, Glück speaks to our time in a voice that is onstage, but heard from the wings.'
Praise for Louise Glück 'Her writing's emotional and rhetorical intensity are beyond dispute. Not once in six books has she wavered from a formal seriousness, an unhurried sense of control and a starkness of expression that, like a scalpel, slices the mist dwelling between hope and pain.'
Washington Post 'Gluck stands at the centre of time and speaks, not with raw emotion or linguistic abandon, but with the ageless urgency of questions about the soul.'
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