Deaf Republic: Poems

    Ilya Kaminsky

    Deaf Republic: Poems

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Finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry - Finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Award - Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry - Winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Poetry - Finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award - Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize - Finalist for the T. S. Eliot Prize - Finalist for the Forward Prize for Best Collection

Ilya Kaminsky's astonishing parable in poems asks us, What is silence?

Deaf Republic opens in an occupied country in a time of political unrest. When soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, Petya, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear--they all have gone deaf, and their dissent becomes coordinated by sign language. The story follows the private lives of townspeople encircled by public violence: a newly married couple, Alfonso and Sonya, expecting a child; the brash Momma Galya, instigating the insurgency from her puppet theater; and Galya's girls, heroically teaching signing by day and by night luring soldiers one by one to their deaths behind the curtain. At once a love story, an elegy, and an urgent plea, Ilya Kaminsky's long-awaited Deaf Republic confronts our time's vicious atrocities and our collective silence in the face of them.

Format/pages: paperback / 80 pages

ISBN: 9781555978310

Publisher: Graywolf Press

Year: 2019

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