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Father's On The Phone With The Flies

Father's On The Phone With The Flies

  • Author: Herta Müller , Thomas Cook
  • Publisher: Seagull Books
  • ISBN: 9780857424723
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Herta Müller was the 2009 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

To create the poems in this collection, Nobel Prize–winner Herta Müller cut up countless newspapers and magazines in search of striking phrases, words, or even fragments of words, which she then arranged in a the form of a collage. Father’s on the Phone with the Flies presents 73 of Müller’s collage poems for the first time in English translation, alongside full-colour reproductions of the originals. Müller takes full advantage of the collage form, generating poems rich in wordplay, ambiguity and startling, surreal metaphors—the disruption and dislocation at their core rendered visible through stark contrasts in colour, font and type size. Liberating words from conformity and coercion, Müller renders them fresh and invests them forcefully with personal experience.

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