Awarded the American-Scandinavian PEN Translation Prize by Michael Hamburger, Susanna Nied’s translation of alphabet introduces Inger Christensen’s. 1 May Finally available in English translation, alphabet is a startling and gorgeous work by Denmark’s most admired poet, Inger Christensen. Susanna. Inger Christensen () was both a virtuoso and a paradox. Her fiction, drama, essays and children’s books won her wide acclaim in Denmark and other .

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I immensely admire the translator, though I have to wonder how much s he had to change to turn the original into good English poetry. The poet seems to throw up her hands, chrjstensen her book is still at its midpoint; she has plenty more to catalogue and cherish in the face of this menace.

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And oh the poems themselves. Please try again later. In addition, the Fibonacci sequence is the basis of the structure of many of the sections themselves, as they are often divided into additional sections of Fibonacci-number length. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. That Christebsen the Wolf Came. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

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Start reading alphabet on your Kindle in under a minute. The complete review ‘s Review:. Nuclear devastation is not the only fear. The repeating motifs and repeating sounds and letters for each poem are less obvious than the ever-increasing lengths of the poems, but they too serve as a reminder of an overarching CONCEPT to the book.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. The word choice was excellent and I felt let into the work by the poet which seems somewhat rare these days. After her trek through beauty and destruction, Christensen seems to take refuge in the natural world, and find sense in nature amidst all the senselessness of human killing and hate.

In alphabetChristensen creates a framework of psalm-like forms that unfold like expanding universes, while crystallizing both the beauty and the potential for destruction that permeate our times. Christensen which sets forth our feckless pressure on the earth’s futurity in a comely ancient form.


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Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. The poem is built upon the Fibonacci sequence of Leonardo of Pisa and Christensen, early trained as a mathematician, has used this cumulative sequence to create an organic, engaged, poetic masterpiece.

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Paperback79 pages. I need to read it a few more times to grasp what’s actually going on, but I liked the way it gradually coalesced towards something resembling a plot, and I just generally thought it was good poetry. Just a moment while we sign you iner to your Goodreads account. Alphabet was a lot more approachable than a lot of the other books we’ve have been laphabet lately. Don’t have a Kindle?

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