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  • Published: 26 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9780141998015
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 96
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Averno




A widely revered collection from the Nobel prize-winning poet, publishing in Penguin Modern Classics for the first time

This startlingly original reworking of the Persephone myth takes us to the icy shores of Averno, the crater lake regarded by the ancient Romans as the entrance to the underworld. Here, the consolations of rebirth and renewal are eclipsed by the immediacy of loss - by a mother's possessive grief, an abducted girl's equivocal memories, a farmer's lament for a lost harvest. This chorus offers neither comfort nor solace but deepened understanding, its sorrow textured by the poet's luminous wit. Together, the poems of Averno swell to a staggeringly powerful lamentation, through which the reader glimpses the ecstasy of the inevitable, only to find it resisted by the insistent, impersonal presence of the Earth.

  • Published: 26 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9780141998015
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 96
Categories:

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Praise for Averno

Brilliant [poems of] complex, haunting power... Averno may be Glück's masterpiece. Certainly it demonstrates that she is writing at the peak of her powers.

Nicholas Christopher, New York Times Book Review

Few poets can shoulder the weight of the myth the way Glück does...The poems brilliantly display a poet's insight, a mother's warmth, and a mortal's empath. There is wry humour, too, and, amid much that is dark, there are fragments of hope.

New Yorker

[An] intense and ambitious collection.

Guardian

An important collection...Averno has the feeling of an urgent inner dialogue between the believer and the skeptic.

Boston Review

An ageing soul's lyrical book of days ... The title poem will break your heart every time you read it but also affirm you in the toughest moments ... When Glück takes a broader look, the scope can be truly epical; when she looks inward you can sometimes hear your own voice. And her tenderness is breathtaking.

Ilya Kaminsky, Library Journal

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