Raving Language : Selected Poems 1946-2005
Friederike Mayrocker is one of Europe's most exciting avant-garde writers. In a career spanning more than sixty years, this 'dadaelian artificer' (Christopher Middleton) has pushed back the limits of convention to reveal the 'deep structure' of existence - its elation and its abysses. This collection contains more than three hundred poems from seven decades of Mayrocker's published works, as well as unpublished material from the years 2004 to 2006, which the poet has made available to her translator, Richard Dove. "Raving Language" is the first major selection of this great Austrian poet to appear in English.
- Paperback | 245 pages
- 134 x 212 x 20mm | 258.55g
- 01 Apr 2008
- Carcanet Press Ltd
- Manchester, United Kingdom
About Friederike Mayröcker
Friederike Mayrocker was born in Vienna in 1924, the city in which she still lives. She worked as an English teacher from 1946 to 1969. One of the foremost European avant-garde writers, she has written over eighty books, including novels, short stories, plays, children's books and poetry. She was a Nobel Prize nominee in 2004, and has received literary prizes including the Premio Internationale.
Very consistently, in verse and prose, [Friederike Mayrocker] has combined collage procedures with fantasy and free association, relying on the imaginative power, elegance and inventiveness of her language alone to make up for the loss of referential coherence, linear plots in prose or 'subjects', as distinct from themes, in poems. Her combinations of the most disparate material have their being in total freedom. - Michael Hamburger [Mayrocker] redefines the avant-garde, producing, over the course of a lifetime, a body of work that is experimental without being impersonal, incomprehensible, or armored in intellectual pretension. - Belle Randall