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Nobody

Nobody (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Oswald, Alice

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This is a book-length poem - a collage of water-stories, taken mostly from the Odyssey - about a minor character, abandoned on a stony island. We recognise other mythical characters - Helios, Icarus, Alcyone, Philoctetes, Calypso, Clytemnestra, Orpheus, Poseidon, Hermes - who dri... read full description below.

ISBN 9781787331969
Barcode 9781787331969
Published 5 September 2019 by Vintage
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781787331969
ISBN-10 1787331962
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publication Date 5 September 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Oswald, Alice
Category Individual Artists
Poetry Texts & Anthologies
Number of Pages 88
Dimensions Width: 131mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 7mm
Weight 107g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Poetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 821.914
Catalogue Code 998245

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Description of this Book

This is a book-length poem - a collage of water-stories, taken mostly from the Odyssey - about a minor character, abandoned on a stony island. It is not a translation, though, but a close inspection of the sea that surrounds him. There are several voices in the poem but no proper names, although its presiding spirit is Proteus, the shape-shifting sea-god. We recognise other mythical characters - Helios, Icarus, Alcyone, Philoctetes, Calypso, Clytemnestra, Orpheus, Poseidon, Hermes - who drift in and out of the poem, surfacing briefly before disappearing. Reading Nobody is like watching the ocean: a destabilising experience that becomes mesmeric, almost hallucinatory, as we slip our earthly moorings and follow the circling shoal of sea voices into a mesh of sound and light and water - fluid, abstract, and moving with the wash of waves. As with all of Alice Oswald's work, this is poetry that is made for the human voice, but this poem takes on the qualities of another element: dense, muscular and liquid. one person has the character of dust another has an arrow for a soul but their stories all end somewhere in the sea

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Nobody...is a paean to water, to the fluidity of language and the porousness between beings and stories... Both form and language echo the ceaseless drift, flitting movement and translucence of their uncontainable body...and, as with any memorable trip, the effects of reading Nobody linger in and around the mind long after the experience has passed. * Financial Times *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Alice Oswald lives in Devon and is married with three children. Her collections include Dart, which won the 2002 T.S. Eliot Prize, Woods etc. (Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize), A Sleepwalk on the Severn (Hawthornden Prize), Weeds and Wildflowers (Ted Hughes Award), Memorial (Warwick Prize for Writing), and Falling Awake, which won the 2016 Costa Poetry Award and the Griffin Prize for Poetry. She was elected as the Oxford University Professor of Poetry in 2019.

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