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Greetings [Hardcover]

Hugo Claus , John Irons

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5 Dec 2005
Dirk van Bastelaere (born 1960) is regarded as one of the leading poets in Flanders. He came early to prominence with his first collection 'Vijf jaar' (Five Years, 1984), which was awarded the prize for the best first collection. In 1988 he published 'Pornschlegel en andere gedichten' (Pornschlegel and other poems), one of the most hotly debated collections of Flemish poetry in in recent times, and a volume that was to win for him recognition as the most important postmodern poet in Flanders. His work has been strongly influenced by American poets such as Gertrude Stein and John Ashbery and makes many references to contemporary art and culture, a fact which has led some critics to attack his work for its perceived intellectualism. The younger generation of Flemish poets, however, looks to him as mould-breaker. In 2000, the volume 'Hartswedervaren' (Happenings of the Heart) appeared, and is widely regarded as his finest book to date. This volume won the Flemish Culture Prize. Dirk van Bastelaere has also written essays on such philosophers as Lacan, Barthes and Kristeva. His latest collection, 'Zapruder Stress', will be published in Amsterdam in 2005. The translations are by Willem Groenewegen, John Irons and Francis R. Jones.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 131 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) (5 Dec 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0151009007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0151009008
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 14.4 x 20.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,164,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dirk van Bastelaere was born in 1960 and is regarded as the leading postmodern poet in the Flemish language. This is first collection in English translation. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A study in passion! 17 Dec 2005
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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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