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Distant Transit by Maja Haderlap
Feb 08, 2022 | ISBN 9781953861160

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“Maja Haderlap’s poetry and prose combine poetic brilliance with explosive political power.”  –From the jury citation for the 2018 Max Frisch Prize

Praise for Angel of Oblivion:
Tess Lewis has done a fine job of translating Haderlap’s lucid and lyrical prose…a hymn to remembrance – one urging us to salvage and safeguard the shards of our past from the tide of history.
Malcolm Forbes, The National
Angel of Oblivion, with its doomed and colourful cast of real-life characters, as well as multiple cruel twists of fate, is a devastating story, never less than wholeheartedly told.  —Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times
Angel of Oblivion is a continuous, plunging attempt to express the disorderly but urgent moment of daring to master the unmasterable. There is nothing so crass here as an ‘arc’ or a redemptive release. The reader is on the hook until the end – at which point the narrative’s underlying premises shimmer.  —Ron Slate
“An arresting evocation of memory, community, and suffering.”  —Kirkus
“Haderlap’s novel seems to transcend the boundaries between languages and histories.”  —Iga Nowicz, The Glossa
“Haderlap has written Angel of Oblivion in German with a clear and yet poetic tone, in which time is a solid glacier crushing underneath itself everything that the young hero once saw as wonderful and enduring.”  —Der Spiegel

Additional Praise for Maja Haderlap:
“The desire to abolish borders, to free confined discourse, is inscribed in these poems as an ambivalent back and forth between escape and groundedness.”  —Ilma Rakusa, NZZ
“Wondrously expressive poems”  —Karl-Markus Gauß, Süddeutsche Zeitung
“There is no doubt that [Haderlap’s poetry] sets a new benchmark in modern poetry with regard to thematic variation in linguistic reflection and direct expression.”  —Walter Pobaschnig, literaturoutdoors
“Haderlap’s poems are political but without pathos. And they are poetic without being artificial. This is no mean feat. Strongly recommended.”  —Tiroler Tageszeitung

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