The Broken Word
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Set in the 1950s, The Broken Word is an extraordinary poetic sequence that animates and illuminates a dark, terrifying period in British colonial history.The combination here of language and imagery that feel utterly contemporary, and subject matter - tribal violence and subsequent retribution - that seems almost Homeric, gives the narrative all the febrile energy of classical drama, re-charged and re-imagined.
Tom has returned to his family's farm in Kenya for the summer vacation between school and university when he is swept up by the events of the Mau Mau uprising. Beginning with sporadic, brutal attacks by dispossessed Kikuyu on the British now occupying their land - attacks often executed with nothing more than traditional panga knives - the conflict escalates as the terrified British stop at nothing to re-impose order, eventually driving most of the Kikuyu population into the prison camps of what has become known as 'Britain's Gulag'. As Tom is propelled into violence and horror the poem mutates into a meditation on the inheritance of conflict, the destruction of innocence and the impossibility of afterwards saying what one has seen.
Written with rigour, intelligence, and a fierce, unsparing clarity, this is profound, lyrical work with that rare confidence and thrilling originality that announce the arrival of a significant new voice.
'Foulds' linguistic pearls are dispensed liberally and casually. Poetry cannot beautify a situation such as this yet Foulds has created something beautiful' -- Scotland on Sunday
`The dramatic force of the broken word comes from its skilful juxtapositions: knowledge and ignorance, innocence and guilt...a moving and pitiless depiction of the world as it is' -- The Guardian
`an impressive debut... written in gripping cinematic vignettes' -- Financial Times Magazine
"In this remarkable literary tour de force, place and period are conjured up with dazzling versatility and the neglected art of verse fiction is wonderfully revitalised" -- Sunday Times
'...It is rare to find such capacious lyricism, combining irony and terror, political scope and domestic detail'
-- Daily Telegraph, Nick Laird
'dazzling... an exhilarating tour de force. Place and period are conjured up as confidently as if he had been there... violence and terror.. elegance of accuracy... emotional power... imaginative finesse... concise and precise, attentive and inventive - a superlative achievement'
-- The Sunday Times
'remarkable literary tour de force ... the neglected art of verse fiction is wonderfully revitalised'
-- Sunday Times
`A tour de force of pared-down narrative, this is a work that merges emotional force and imaginative finesse'
-- Sunday Times
`Foulds has genuine talent'
-- The Independent
`a dark vivid, extraordinarily accomplished narrative poem.... the arrival of a significant literary talent'
-- Sunday Times
Título: The Broken Word
Editorial: Jonathan Cape, London
Año de publicación: 2008
Encuadernación: Card Covers
Condición del libro: Fine
Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author(s)
Edición: First Edition
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