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Alphabet by Inger Christensen

A startling and gorgeous work by Denmark's most admired poet finally available in English translation.
Awarded the American-Scandinavian PEN Translation Prize by Michael Hamburger, Susanna Nied's translation of alphabet introduces Inger Christensen's poetry to US readers for the first time. Born in 1935, Inger Christensen is Denmark's best known poet. Her award-winning alphabet is based structurally on Fibonacci's sequence (a mathematical sequence in which each number is the sum of the two previous numbers), in combination with the alphabet. The gorgeous poetry herein reflects a complex philosophical background, yet has a visionary quality, discovering the metaphysical in the simple stuff of everyday life. In alphabet, Christensen creates a framework of psalm-like forms that unfold like expanding universes, while crystallizing both the beauty and the potential for destruction that permeate our times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811214773
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 05/01/2001
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 1,274,657
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Inger Christensen (1935–
2009), whose work is a cornerstone of modern Scandinavian poetry,
was the recipient of many international awards, among them the
Nordic Authors’ Prize, bestowed by the Swedish Academy and known as the “Little Nobel.” Her books include the masterpiece it;
alphabet; Butterfly Valley; and Light, Grass, and Letter in April.

Susanna Nied's work has appeared in various literary journals and anthologies. Her translation of alphabet won the 1982 ASF/PEN
Translation Prize for Poetry, awarded by the American-Scandinavian Foundation and Scandinavian Review.

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Alphabet 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Great job Issa
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!