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- DescriptionThe most striking image of extreme eros and extreme pain is that of Christ on the Cross. This book of 77 poems by the Bulgarian author Tsvetanka Elenkova navigates between these two extremes. The poems are like a pulsation, or a gesture, and don't take a breath. In this sense, there is space or silence in them and yet a gesture, for example of pointing or stopping, when it is tired and the fingers relax, becomes one of blessing and so it is that the poet Iana Boukova writes of this book: 'Gesture introduces silence, replacing words and their definitions. There are whole passages full of the underwater silence of one gesture'. It is rare to have a book of Bulgarian literature published in English and the reader will find here many elements of Bulgarian culture and the Orthodox tradition.
- Author BiographyTsvetanka Elenkova was born in Sofia in 1968. The Seventh Gesture is her latest poetry collection and appeared in 2005. She has published two other poetry collections, The Stakes of the Legion and Amphipolis of the Nine Roads, and a collection of essays, Time and Relation. Her work has already been translated into twelve languages and, in English, has appeared in the magazines Absinthe, Modern Poetry in Translation, Poetry Review and others.
- Author(s)Tsvetanka Elenkova
- PublisherShearsman Books
- Date of Publication07/01/2010
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Place of PublicationExeter
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintShearsman Books
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight126 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine5 mm
- Translated byJonathan Dunne
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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