Deaf Republic (Paperback)
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Deaf Republic (Paperback)

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Paperback 96 Pages
Published: 20/06/2019
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An extraordinary verse saga of resistance and reaction in an unnamed warzone, Deaf Republic builds character like the most sophisticated novel whilst retaining the spark and flash of the sharpest poetry. 

Shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize 2019

A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week

Deaf Republic opens in a time of political unrest in an occupied territory. It is uncertain where we are or when, in what country or during what conflict, but we come to recognise that these events are also happening here, right now.

This astonishing parable in poems unfolds episodically like a play, its powerful narrative provoked by a tragic opening scene: when soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear - in that moment, all have gone deaf. Inside this silence, their dissent becomes coordinated by sign language.

The story then follows the private lives of townspeople encircled by public violence: a newly married couple, Alfonso and Sonya, expecting their child; the daring Momma Galya, instigating the insurgency from her puppet theatre; and Galya's puppeteers, covertly teaching signs by day and by night heroically luring soldiers one by one to their deaths behind the curtain.

At once a love story, an elegy, and an urgent plea, Deaf Republic confronts our time's vicious atrocities and our collective silence in the face of them.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571351411
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 170 g
Dimensions: 204 x 157 x 10 mm
Edition: Main

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“Incredible Story-Telling Through Poetry”

This feels like you are watching a play unfold as you read it; it’s incredibly emotive and thought provoking and you HAVE to read it!

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