Tournament of Books 2015
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Original Essays | March 11, 2015

    Mark Adams: IMG All Signs Point to Atlantis



    When I tell people I've spent the last three years working on a book about Atlantis, they usually have two questions. The first almost always goes... Continue »
    1. $19.57 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$10.95
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Beaverton Poetry- A to Z

More copies of this ISBN

The Book of Fables

by

The Book of Fables Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

“Metaphors, puns, surrealist visions, converted into sharp, disturbing little narratives . . . only a poet, and a good one, could have written it.”—The Atlantic Monthly

W.S. Merwin’s acclaimed short prose—many of which first appeared in The New Yorker—blur the distinction between fiction, poetry, essay, and memoir. Reminiscent of Kafka, Borges, and Beckett, they evoke mythical patterns and unlikely adventures and raise questions about art, reality, and meaning. As the Saturday Review remarked, they have “astonishing range and power.”

The Book of Fables is an affordable paperback of all the short prose from two out-of-print collections, The Miner’s Pale Children and Houses and Travellers. The pieces run from a single sentence to a dozen pages and create a poetic landscape both severe and sensuous.

From “A Garden”:

You are a garden into which a bomb once fell and did not explode, during a war that happened before you can remember. It came down at night. It screamed, but there were so many screams. It was heard, but it was forgotten. It buried itself. It was searched for but it was given up. So much else had been buried alive . . .

Poet and translator W.S. Merwin has long been committed to artistic, political, and environmental causes in both word and deed. He has received nearly every major literary accolade, including the 2005 National Book Award in Poetry for Migration. Merwin lives in Hawaii, where he cultivates endangered palms.

Review:

"'The Book of Fables' gathers together the two volumes of what the dust jacket suggestively, but perhaps desperately, calls W.S. Merwin's 'enigmatic short prose.' Most readers already familiar with 'The Miner's Pale Children' (1970) and 'Houses and Travellers' (1977) would certainly agree with that terse description. And one might make other, probably equally floundering, attempts to pin down these... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

Restoring to print 400 pages of W.S. Merwin's enigmatic and gorgeous fables.

Synopsis:

Poetry. W.S. Merwin's acclaimed short prose--many of which first appeared in The New Yorker--blur the distinction between fiction, poetry, essay, and memoir. Reminiscent of Kafka, Borges, and Beckett, they evoke mythical patterns and unlikely adventures and raise questions about art, reality, and meaning. As the Saturday Review remarked, they have "astonishing range and power."

About the Author

W.S. Merwin was born in New York City in 1927. His many awards include the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, Wallace Stevens Award, Bollingen Award, Ruth Lily Poetry Prize, PEN Translation Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts. He is the author of dozens of books of poetry and poetry in translation. He lives in Hawaii.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781556592560
Author:
Merwin, W S
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Author:
Merwin, W. S.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » A to Z

The Book of Fables Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$10.95 In Stock
Product details 400 pages Copper Canyon Press - English 9781556592560 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
Restoring to print 400 pages of W.S. Merwin's enigmatic and gorgeous fables.
"Synopsis" by , Poetry. W.S. Merwin's acclaimed short prose--many of which first appeared in The New Yorker--blur the distinction between fiction, poetry, essay, and memoir. Reminiscent of Kafka, Borges, and Beckett, they evoke mythical patterns and unlikely adventures and raise questions about art, reality, and meaning. As the Saturday Review remarked, they have "astonishing range and power."
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.