Hill of DoorsPaperback
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- Publisher: PICADOR
- Format: Paperback | 96 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 197mm x 9mm | 128g
- Publication date: 28 February 2013
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1447231546
- ISBN 13: 9781447231547
- Edition statement: Main Market Ed.
- Sales rank: 312,416
Charged with strangeness and beauty, Hill of Doors is a haunted and haunting book, where each successive poem seems a shape conjured from the shadows, and where the uncanny is made physically present. The collection sees the return of some familiar members of the Robertson company, including Strindberg - heading, as usual, towards calamity - and the shape-shifter Dionysus. Four loose retellings of stories of the Greek god form pillars for the book, alongside four short Ovid versions. Threaded through these are a series of pieces about the poet's childhood on the north-east coast, his fascination with the sea and the islands of Scotland. However, the reader will also discover a distinct new note in Robertson's austere but ravishing poetry: towards the possibility of contentment - a house, a door, a key - finding, at last, a 'happiness of the hand and heart'. Magisterial in its command and range, indelibly moving and memorable in its speech, Hill of Doors is Robin Robertson's most powerful book to date.
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Robin Robertson is from the north-east coast of Scotland. His four previous collections have received a number of honours including the E.M. Forster Award and various Forward Prizes.