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The Drowned Book By Sean O'Brien

The Drowned Book

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Picador's second collection from one of the finest English poets of the last fifty years
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The Drowned Book by Sean O'Brien

Many of the poems in Sean O'Brien's new collection take their emotional tenor and imaginative cue from his acclaimed translation of Dante's Inferno, and occupy a dark, flooded, subterranean world, as dramatically compelling as it is disquieting. Circumstances have compelled O'Brien to return repeatedly to the elegiac form, and The Drowned Book contains a number of powerfully moving poems written in memory of fellow poets and artists. The Drowned Book again shows O'Brien a master of the authoritative line, and underscores his pre-eminence among contemporary English poets.

Praise for Sean O'Brien's verse translation of Dante's Inferno:

`Compelling, with a steady incandescence to the language' Independent

`All life is written in Dante's burning pages, and Sean O'Brien is to be congratulated on his expert rehabilitation of a classic' Spectator

`Combines urgent readability with a muscular forcefulness' The Economist

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About Sean O'Brien

Sean O'Brien's poetry has received numerous awards, including the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize (three times), the E.M Forster Award and the Roehampton Poetry Prize. His Collected Poems appeared in 2012. Europa is his ninth collection. His work has been published in several languages. His novel Once Again Assembled Here was published in 2016. He is also a critic, editor, translator, playwright and broadcaster. Born in London, he grew up in Hull. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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The Drowned Book by Sean O'Brien
Sean O'Brien
Used - Very Good
Pan Macmillan
Winner of Forward Prize for Poetry Best Collection 2007 (UK) Winner of T. S. Eliot Prize 2008 (UK)
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