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The Speed of Dark by Ian Duhig
  

The Speed of Dark

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Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2007.

Costa Book Awards 2007 Judges' comment:
"Witty, complex poems that marry the medieval and contemporary worlds."

Synopsis

The Speed of Dark by Ian Duhig

Ian Duhig's The Speed of Dark is structured around his astonishing reworking of the text of Le Roman de Fauvel, a medieval text that railed against the corruption of the 12th-century French court and church. In Duhig's hands, however, the tale of the power-mad horse-king Fauvel gains a terrifying and almost prophetic contemporary relevance, and is identified with more recent crusades, crazed ambitions and insatiable greeds. Elsewhere Duhig's many admirers will be delighted by his new ballads and elegies, his erudite high jinks and his low gags - with which he builds on the new imaginative territory he staked out in The Lammas Hireling to such universal acclaim. The Speed of Dark again shows Duhig as one the most capacious and brilliant minds in contemporary poetry.

Reviews

'The most original poet of his generation' Carol Ann Duffy, Guardian

'His poetry is learned, rude, elegant, sly and funny, mixing gilded images, belly-laughs and esoteric lore about language (including Irish), art, history, politics and children's word-games' Ruth Padel, Independent on Sunday

'Duhig telescopes topical allusions, scholarly references and coarse humour into tightly-shaped, surreal poems which burst open with explosive moral force' Alan Brownjohn, Sunday Times

About the Author

Ian Duhig
Ian Duhig was born in London of Irish Catholic parents, and now lives in Leeds. He won the National Poetry Competition twice, in 1987 and 2001, and the Forward Prize for Best Poem in 2001. Named as one of the Poetry Book Society's New Generation poets, his work has also been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.

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Book Info

Publication date

16th March 2007

Author

Ian Duhig

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Publisher

Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
96 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Poetry by individual poets

ISBN

9780330446556

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