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The Poets' Wives
by David Park

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The Poets' Wives
by Author Name David Park

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List Price:18.50
Format: Paperback, 234 x 153mm, 304pp
Publication date: 27 Feb 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN-13: 9781408846476


Three women, each destined to play the role of a poet's wife: Catherine Blake, the wife of William Blake - a poet, painter and engraver who struggles for recognition in a society that dismisses him as a madman; Nadezhda Mandelstam, wife of Russian poet Osip Mandelstam, whose poetry costs him his life under Stalin's terror; and the wife of a fictional contemporary Irish poet, who looks back on her marriage during the days after her husband's death as she seeks to fulfil his final wish. Set across continents and centuries, and in very different circumstances, these three women confront the contradictions between art and life, contemplate their emotional and physical sacrifices for another's creativity, and struggle with infidelities that involve not only the flesh, but ultimately poetry itself. They find themselves custodians of their husbands' work, work that has been woven with love's intimacies and which has shaped their own lives in the most unexpected of ways.


Echoes of the great Brian Moore are evident as is a sensibility similar to that of the US master Richard Ford, but Park is more than merely a fine writer with a great deal to say ... he is an astute storyteller whose vision is sustained by instinct, intelligent observation and a sense of responsibility Eileen Battersby, Irish Times He writes prose of gravity and grace ... Line for line, it is hard to think of a more skilful contemporary Irish novelist. He shares with John McGahern a refusal of cheap flamboyance, with Dermot Bolger a sense of suppressed fury . There is a Coetzeean accuracy to the writing Joseph O'Connor, Guardian Park writes prose like a poet The Times Brings his celebration of language, and humanity, to every page Daily Mail One of the shrewdest observers of the way we live now Independent Park is an excellent writer: psychologically astute, lyrically unflinching Daily Telegraph Park has always stood apart from his contemporaries with a cool and beautifully poised style that renders the most ordinary moments into perfectly measured prose Dermot Bolger David Park is a great writer, that's the truth Glenn Patterson