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Father's on the Phone with the Flies: A Selection (The Seagull Library of German Literature) (Paperback)
An unexpected, exciting work from one of the most protean writers ever to win the Nobel Prize.
To create the poems in this collection, Herta Müller cut up countless newspapers and magazines in search of striking phrases, words, or even fragments of words, which she then arranged in the form of a collage. Father’s on the Phone with the Flies presents seventy-three of Müller’s collage poems for the first time in English translation, alongside full-color reproductions of the originals. Müller takes full advantage of the collage form, generating poems rich in wordplay, ambiguity, and startling, surreal metaphors—the disruption and dislocation at their core rendered visible through stark contrasts in color, font, and type size. Liberating words from conformity and coercion, Müller renders them fresh and invests them forcefully with personal experience.
About the Author
Herta Müller was born in a German-speaking community in western Romania in 1953. She published her first collection of short stories in 1982. In 1987, she left Romania for West Berlin, where she continued to write and publish. She has been awarded numerous prizes, including the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature. Thomas Cooper has translated works of poetry and prose in German and Hungarian by many celebrated contemporary authors.
“By any measure, Father’s on the Phone with the Flies deserves to be on the list of the best poetry books of 2018.”
— Rain Taxi