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Greetings: Selected Poems [Hardcover]

Hugo Claus

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Book Description

Nov. 30 2005
The first English-language collection of poems by this major Flemish writer, Greetings contains work from more than six decades of Hugo Claus's career. Uncompromising and irreverent, Claus writes about postwar politics and society, about race and class, love and sex, art and literature. This volume is sure to appeal to anyone interested in the avant-garde of the last half-century-and to anyone interested in poetry that continues to be provocative, pertinent, and compelling.

Year of atrocities, year of cathode-ray tube and stock market report,
Year of milk and honey if you're asleep,
Year that sticks in your stomach if you're awake,
Sweet year, good year for sleepwalkers . . .

Year that freezes the smile.
It was in that year I went to live in a village
with books, a wife and a child
who grows
while I talk about the tigers in the East.

- F R O M " 1 9 6 5 "


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt, Inc. (Nov. 30 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0151009007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0151009008
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 14.4 x 20.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,941,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

HUGO CLAUS is the author of numerous plays, essays, books of poetry, and novels. He was awarded the Netherlands' most prestigious literary award for his poetry. He has also written, directed, and acted in many films and lives in Antwerp.


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4.0 out of 5 stars A study in passion! Dec 17 2005
By Armchair Interviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Hugo Claus has been hailed as one of the most important voices in the contemporary Dutch language. Greetings: Selected Poems is Claus' first book to appear in English.

The selected poems are a varied lot. They cover everything from the two world wars, love, family life, animals and toy trains. My personal favorites are Bitter Tastes and Elephant.

Claus' poems evoke a wide range of emotions and awake different senses in the reader, depending on the subject matter, Some of his poems are irreverent, others disturbing, and a number are edgy and raw.

Those who are passionate about poetry and the written word--how words feel and sound--will enjoy the poems depth of emotion.

Armchair Interviews says: Greetings: Selected Poems is a study in passion.

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