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English + Apocalypso Flipbook

English + Apocalypso Flipbook

Jeet Thayil
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ENGLISH

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 his tremendous lyric intellect. The result is a fantastic realism that will haunt me forever. Thayil’s English first spices a transcendent command of diverse registers of literary and colloquial speech with certain sprung local talk, but then melts all that into an infinitely focused and inventive, personal and emotional idiolect, delivered in one of the most unforgettable voices of our time. He is a master of the knockout lyric punchline. Some of these poems made me cry, which is rare.’ – PHILIP NIKOLAYEV

APOCALYPSO

Jeet Thayil’s first full-length collection, Apocalypso, is a gritty, intense exploration of love and its secular limits. Song-like rhythms offer Biblical imagery and a lyric view of the wild side. Detached, tough, and vulnerable at the same time, the raw, intimate poems in this collection point towards the work that would follow. They examine and lay bare the mystery of love–its heartbreak and exaltation, and its redemptive, enduring power.
Everybody betrays everybody, you said
somebody said.
‘Thayil’s poems light up a corner of the dirty world, imbuing it with a near-holy radiance. The beautiful uncompromising poems in this selection are an achievement.’ – ADIL JUSSAWALLA

Imprint: India Hamish Hamilton

Published: Dec/2022

ISBN: 9780670097531

Length : 160 Pages

MRP : ₹499.00

English + Apocalypso Flipbook

Jeet Thayil

ENGLISH

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 his tremendous lyric intellect. The result is a fantastic realism that will haunt me forever. Thayil’s English first spices a transcendent command of diverse registers of literary and colloquial speech with certain sprung local talk, but then melts all that into an infinitely focused and inventive, personal and emotional idiolect, delivered in one of the most unforgettable voices of our time. He is a master of the knockout lyric punchline. Some of these poems made me cry, which is rare.’ – PHILIP NIKOLAYEV

APOCALYPSO

Jeet Thayil’s first full-length collection, Apocalypso, is a gritty, intense exploration of love and its secular limits. Song-like rhythms offer Biblical imagery and a lyric view of the wild side. Detached, tough, and vulnerable at the same time, the raw, intimate poems in this collection point towards the work that would follow. They examine and lay bare the mystery of love–its heartbreak and exaltation, and its redemptive, enduring power.
Everybody betrays everybody, you said
somebody said.
‘Thayil’s poems light up a corner of the dirty world, imbuing it with a near-holy radiance. The beautiful uncompromising poems in this selection are an achievement.’ – ADIL JUSSAWALLA

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Jeet Thayil

Jeet Thayil was born into a Syrian Christian family in Kerala. As a boy he travelled through much of the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia with his father, TJS George, a writer and editor. He worked as a journalist for twenty-one years, in Bombay, Bangalore, Hong Kong and New York City. In 2005 he began to write fiction. The first instalment of his Bombay Trilogy, Narcopolis, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and became an unlikely bestseller. His book of poems These Errors Are Correct won the Sahitya Akademi Award (India's National Academy of Letters), and his musical collaborations include the opera Babur in London. His essays, poetry and short fiction have appeared in the New York Review of Books, Granta, TLS, Esquire, The London Magazine, The Guardian and Alexander, among other venues. His most recent novel is Names of the Women. He is the editor of The Penguin Book of Indian Poets.

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