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A Time in Xanadu
A Time in Xanadu Lars Gustafsson 1556592752 9781556592751 Lars Gustafsson has an uncompromising vision of the utter complexity of modern life.-The New York Times Book Review From the moment it begins, Lars Gustafssons A Time in Xanadu throws open que
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A Time in Xanadu by Lars Gustafsson

Lars Gustafsson has an uncompromising vision of the utter complexity of modern life.-The New York Times Book Review From the moment it begins, Lars Gustafssons A Time in Xanadu throws open questions of geography and narration. Where are we? How do we know? Throughout the book, the speakers voice proves a powerful one as it muses on questions of travel, war, philosophy, and thought itself. The language of Gustafssons poems is sparse, and his lines are compact and taut. But beneath the neat surfaces of these poems lie surreal and sometimes eerie landscapes: a castle in Cremona, Italy; those white, strangely meaningless / days between Christmas and New Year; a library which is a kind of subway. There are strains of Ezra Pound in this work, and allusions to great continental thinkers-Goethe, Fichte, Nietzsche, Einstein-drift across it. Yet tracing those allusions to their source is neither desirable nor, ultimately, possible. For in the wake of Gustafssons highly evocative poems, we can only wonder just how much time we have spent, or lost, in Xanadu, or where we went from there. The Khan leaves Xanadu and milk from white goats only is hurled high into the air on his departure to nourish the spirits of the air. So says Marco Polo, our Venetian witness. Lars Gustafsson is a renowned Swedish poet, novelist, and philosopher who has written dozens of books. He taught philosophy for many years at the University of Texas, Austin. He now lives in Sweden.

Author: Lars Gustafsson

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 96

Publisher: Copper Canyon Press

Publication Date: 2008-06-01

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