browse engage about us donate
last name title topic
cart 0 items
sign in
browse books
browse authors
browse broadsides
download catalog
Time in Xanadu, A
Lars Gustafsson
$16.00 paperback
978-1-55659-275-1
Add to cart
Time in Xanadu, A
Translated from the Swedish by John Irons
Lars Gustafsson

Poet, novelist, and philosopher Lars Gustafsson is one of Europe's leading literary figures, and in his latest collection he again registers the metaphysical alongside the mundane with a signature clarity, precision, and accessibility. Here Chaplin, Superman, and Kublai Khan coexist comfortably alongside Fichte, Russell, and Goethe. In elegant translations by John Irons, these poems illuminate the potency of ordinary objects and everyday events as Gustafsson addresses the critical issues that have concerned great thinkers over the centuries. Whether presenting a childhood memory or a philosopher reading by kerosene light, Gustafsson's poems are fully alive in and engaged with the world.

facebook email this book to a friend
Read and share a poem from this book
Poems available from this book:
And I Came to a Market Square
December
The Small Roads
post your own comments
   

A Lannan Literary Selection

Post a review for Time in Xanadu, A

This feature requires that you first log in (or create an account if you do not already have one).
Click here to login or create an account. You will be returned here automatically.

reviews
For Time in Xanadu, A, Lars Gustafsson

"Lars Gustafsson has an uncompromising vision of the utter complexity of modern life... He loves to play with possibilities and solutions in a manner that is refreshingly affirmative."
The New York Times Book Review

"To the reader, he is a mosaic of delight."
Best Sellers

"A central theme in [Gustafsson's] voluminous oeuvre... concerns human knowledge: how far does it reach and where lie its limits?"
World Literature Today

"Lars Gustafsson...has a philosophy background, and often deals with complex concepts, but effectively – and more importantly – unobtrusively integrates theory and ideas into his work."
The Complete Review

"Gustafsson's A Time in Xanadu, his third translated collection of poems, manages to be personal and quirky while also deeply philosophical."
ForeWord

"(John) Irons' ability to appreciate the tone and the precision of the image makes these translations seem as elegantly spare as a smorrebrod.... The works break some kind of poetic sound barrier and enter new terrain as we see the familiar through a stranger's eyes."
—Judith Kitchen, The Georgia Review

 

"In the best poems of A Time in Xanadu (ably translated by John Irons), Gustafson is not just lyrical; he reflects on the nature of lyrical expression."—Double Gesture

"Few poets today can so easily without overwriting bridge 'centuries and minutes,' to use the title of one of Gustafson's poems."—Harvard Review
 

Privacy & Security   Conditions of Use   Help   Author Login   Contact Us   877.501.1393    © 2017 Copper Canyon Press    Website by Golden Lasso