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Letters & Sounds
red hand poetry / 7th July 2016

Letters & Sounds is a multi-voiced selection of some of İlhan Berk’s finest love poems, elegies and lyric prose. Brought into English by poet-translator George Messo, these poems dance and sing with the energy and experimental daring of their dazzling Turkish originals. ‘Poets of our time in any language ignore Berk’s poem—its treasure trove—at their own peril.’ MURAT NEMET-NEJAT ‘One of Turkish poetry’s most distinctive and necessary voices.’ WORLD LITERATURE TODAY

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In Mesopotamia
red hand unexpected / 7th July 2016

In Mesopotamia is the graphic account of Martin Swayne’s experiences as a medical officer during the First World War while on active service in Iraq and Kuwait. Swayne’s beautifully crisp prose draws a compelling and unflinching portrait of modern warfare. First published in 1917, In Mesopotamia speaks directly of the harrowing consequences of the West’s obsessive quest for influence over the Middle East.

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Eothen

Eothen (“From the East”) recaptures a bold young Englishman’s exploits in the Middle East during the 1830s. Alexander William Kinglake recounts his rambles through the Balkans, Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, Palestine, and Egypt in a style radically different from other travel books of his era. Rather than dwelling on art or monuments, Kinglake’s captivating narrative focuses on the natives and their cities. His adventures ― populated by Bedouins, pashas, slave-traders, monks, pilgrims, and other colorfully drawn personalities ― include crossing the desolate Sinai with a four-camel caravan and a sojourn in plague-ridden Cairo. Victorian readers were captivated by Kinglake’s chatty tone and his uncompromising honesty, and two centuries later this remarkable travelogue remains funny, fresh, and original. Presented here in a modern, up-to-date font, with an informative introduction by Simon C Drew. “My favorite travel book. Sparkling, ironic, and terrific fun.” — Jan Morris

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Pan
red hand unexpected / 7th July 2016

First published in Norwegian in 1894, Pan tells the story of Lieutenant Thomas Glahn’s life and adventures in a remote township in northern Norway, a scene described by Richard Eccles in his poignant introduction as ‘that remote, exotic, romantic, difficult landscape of extreme and epic beauty at the top of the world…’ This stunning new edition restores translator W. Worster’s powerful recreation of Hamsun’s enigmatic original and includes an informative introduction and notes by Richard Eccles. ‘The whole modern school of fiction in the twentieth century stems from Hamsun.’ Isaac Bashevis Singer

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The Return of the Divine Mary
red hand unexpected / 7th July 2016

‘The Return of the Divine Mary is a wonderfully eccentric, enchanting read. Traces of William Blake mingle with undertones of Bulgakov, Eco and Kafka to create a fast-paced, unpredictable drama constructed on an intriguing premise: What would the Virgin Mary be like as a young woman in modern society, and how would her contemporaries receive her?’

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The English Disease

For every father, poems that reveal the gut-wrenching love and fears and insights at producing something similar to themselves. For every son, portraits of inadequacy, unlovedness and the strange fun of observing parents. For every family being part of a team not like any other team…all coloured by Richard Boden’s wry, challenging and expert scalpel The English Disease digs deep into the DNA of being a quietly English Dad and poet. And more than that – the Englishness of all that past, all that literature and all those vivid ghosts – Byron, Shakespeare, Malovolio, the French – that wander into our particular ordinariness A startling, warm and witty first collection. ‘Whether he’s writing about the birth of his son, Byron in Greece or, as in the series of inter-related poems in the second half of the book, Richard Boden’s poetry explores its subjects and occasions with both imaginative flair and wry humour. An acute eye for detail and a felicity of diction combine in poems which offer a fresh and insightful take on the everyday business of living in an England whose default setting often seems to be little better than ‘underwhelming’. This and the frequent moments of bathos may…

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Poems from the Plastic Bag

From the mirthful and intoxicated world of performance poetry comes this extraordinary mix of poems for shouting, crying and laughing out loud. Lurking in the Plastic Bag of Poems is a riot of funny, irreverent and naughty words that you’ve probably thought but never thought you’d see put together quite like this, audaciously illustrated by Mr James Castleden’s seriously witty and eye-popping works of art. Trumpeted here in this unique collection in a glorious sympthongy is The Thong Cycle, the world’s most important literary work exploring this most understated of undergarments. Mr Eccles also peers into the imagination of the cabbage, the history of golf club banter, the clothes your mum buys you and the beauty of Britain’s tea towels. And a few other easy things like love, family and adultery. You’ll never look at plastic bags or poetry in quite the same way ever again.

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Turkish Poetry Today 2016

In a new format Turkish Poetry Today 2016 offers the very best of modern Turkish Poetry to English readers. New features introduced in the 2016 edition include a Featured Poet Section, with an extensive selection of the work of Behçet Necatigil (1916-1979), and a section devoted to essays and reviews, including a translation of the famous Garip Manifesto, written by Orhan Veli Kanik in 1941, accompanied by a selection of poems by the Garip poets Veli, Oktay Rifat and Melih Cervet Anday. Also included are poems spanning the modern era of Turkish poetry, from the work of Ahmet Haşim and Nazim Hikmet to that of the generation of poets writing now, including Lale Mὔldur, Asuman Susa and Gökçenur Ç. Edited by Mel Kenne, Saliha Paker and Idil Karacadağ this edition really does take the initial energy, joy and insight into the full range of Turkish poetry of the earlier editions to another level.

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Mothwise
new & recommended / 5th July 2016

Knut Hamsun’s 1904 classic, Mothwise, is set in the remote northern Norwegian trading post of Rosengaard. Ove Rolandsen, telegraph operator, eccentric scientist, and local Casanova, trades wits, fists, and kisses with a host of quirky neighbours. He serenades the curate’s wife and fights a drunken giant, but taking on Trader Mack, the town’s fish-glue magnate, is a more difficult matter. Fishglue. This most neglected of products is one of the key elements of Mothwise and you may never have read a piece of literature in which it figures so prominently. If you have read any Hamsun before then some of the other constituents may be more familiar: the setting in the far North of Norway where the sun never sets for two or three months that makes people act in such peculiar ways, the tales of love in all its many forms that bind and break across tiny isolated fishing communities and the characters that amuse and irritate and shine and disappoint that live and breathe from beginning to all-too-soon an end. Hamsun himself might have felt more affinity with fishglue than might be obvious: his marriage of six years to Bergljot is falling apart, he has no home and…

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Turkish Poetry Today 2015

The third issue of this unique journal dedicated to modern and contemporary Turkish poetry in translation. Turkish Poetry Today features many of most exciting poets writing in Turkish today, selected and translated by leading translators from around the world. With translations and originals side-by-side, Turkish Poetry Today 2015 includes extensive new work by Haydar Ergülen translated by İdil Karacadağ, Küçük İskender translated by Caroline Stockford, as well as poetry from Elif Sezen, Gökçenur Çelebioğlu, and Müesser Yeniay, and artwork by Şenol Bezci.

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Turkish Poetry Today 2014
red hand poetry , turkish poetry today / 31st October 2016

The second issue of this unique journal dedicated to modern and contemporary Turkish poetry in translation. Turkish Poetry Today features many of most exciting poets writing in Turkish today, selected and translated by leading translators from around the world. With translations and originals side-by-side, Issue Two includes extensive new work by Güven Turan translated by Ruth Christie, Sami Baydar translated by Murat Nemet-Nejat, as well as poetry from Lâle Müldür, Bedri Rahmi Eyuboğlu, Melih Cevdet Anday, and Asaf Hâlet Çelebi

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Turkish Poetry Today 2013
red hand poetry , turkish poetry today / 31st October 2016

A unique journal dedicated to modern and contemporary Turkish poetry in translation. Turkish Poetry Today features many of most exciting poets writing in Turkish today, selected and translated by leading translators from around the world. With translations and originals side-by-side, Issue One includes extensive new work by Bejan Matur translated by Ruth Christie and Selcuk Berilgen, Zeynep Koylu translated by Mel Kenne and Idil Karacadag, as well as poetry from Onat Polat, Necmi Zeka, Melih Cevdet Anday, and Murathan Mungan.

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