English Apocalypso


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Many of the poems in English are set in New York City around the events of September 11, 2001. In the faux prologue poem ‘About the Author’, the narrator finds himself ‘on Sixth, watching ruin, with / a handful of rain and a prophecy’: a citizen of no country except the republic that gives the book its title, the Republic of English. Here, English is more than a language. It is a river of the world.
‘Thayil’s poems refract his vibrant, unique and far-flung life experiences through the prism of

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ISBN: 9780670097531 Category:

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Weight 330 g
Dimensions 20.3 × 25.4 × 4.7 cm
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Jeet Thayil

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