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God's Zoo

Artists, Exiles, Londoners

Marius Kociejowski

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ISBN: 978 1 847775 58 0
Categories: 21st Century, British, Canadian
Imprint: Lives and Letters
Published: January 2014
384 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback, Hardback, eBook (EPUB)
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  • This beautifully illustrated book consists of a series of encounters with writers, artists and musicians living in London, all of whom are exiles or émigrés displaced from their cultural and geographical origins. The subjects include poet John Rety (Hungary), poet Fawzi Karim (Iraq), novelist Moris Farhi (Turkey), poet Martina Evans (Ireland), artist Ana Maria Pacheco (Brazil), actor Andrzej Borkowski (Poland), novelist Brian Chikwava (Zimbabwe), writer Hamid Ismailov and musician Razia Sultanova (Uzbekistan), poet Mimi Khalvati (Iran), filmmaker Rajan Khosa (India), and jazz bassist Coleridge Goode (Jamaica); the book concludes with an autobiographical account. Together, the chapters form a perceptive and moving enquiry into complex questions of migration, identity and belonging – as well as a tribute to the value of art and creativity in human lives.
    Marius Kociejowski was born in 1949 and lives in London. Poet, essayist and travel writer, hehas published three collections of poetry, two books based on his travels in Syria, The Street Philosopher and the Holy Fool (Eland) and The Pigeon Wars of Damascus (Biblioasis), God's Zoo: Artists, Exiles, Londoners (Carcanet), which ... read more
    Awards won by Marius Kociejowski Winner, 1991 Cheltenham Prize for Coast
    Praise for Marius Kociejowski 'Difficulty has its own rewards in Kociejowski, whose careful orchestrations of language open up unexpected delights for the reader... These wonderful poems might serve as an antidote to the dumbing-down of modern life.'
    Ian Thomson, The Catholic Herald


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