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Loss

Loss

ISBN
9780571290550
Published
16/01/2020
9780571290550
Format
Hardback
Price
£14.99
Paperback
96

About the Book

NEW STATESMAN BOOK OF THE YEAR

The city never sleeps. Silence would weaken it.
When all else fails it talks to itself seamless thrum of
machinery dark undertone.

It is 00:00 and the full of the night yet to come.


A man sits at a window through the dead hours of night, his sleep broken by troubling dreams of a figure in a white landscape. This fragmentary vigil anchors a series of narrative sections in which a dramatic voice – which might well be an interior monologue – gives, first, an account of the man, then addresses him directly. We learn of a conflicted childhood, of love lost to circumstance, of the press of death on the protagonist’s waking thoughts. He is a man afflicted by personal loss, but also a man of his time, all too aware of the troubled world in which he lives.

In this powerful sequence, David Harsent’s breathtaking formal skills are always in evidence. Intense, lyrical and passionate, Loss makes for enthralling reading.


‘A master of the human drama.’ John Burnside

NEW STATESMAN BOOK OF THE YEARThe city never sleeps. Silence would weaken it. When all else fails it talks to itself seamless thrum of machinery dark undertone. It is 00:00 and the full of the night yet to come.A man sits at a window through the dead hours of night, his sleep broken by troubling dreams of a figure in a white landscape. This fragmentary vigil anchors a series of narrative sections in which a dramatic voice – which might well be an interior monologue – gives, first, an account of the man, then addresses him directly. We learn of a conflicted childhood, of love lost to circumstance, of the press of death on the protagonist’s waking thoughts. He is a man afflicted by personal loss, but also a man of his time, all too aware of the troubled world in which he lives. In this powerful sequence, David Harsent’s breathtaking formal skills are always in evidence. Intense, lyrical and passionate, Loss makes for enthralling reading. ‘A master of the human drama.’ John Burnside
  • David Harsent

    David Harsent has published ten collections of poetry. Night (2011), was a Poetry Book Society Choice, was shortlisted for the Costa, Forward and T. S. Eliot poetry prizes and won the Griffin International Poetry Prize. The most recent, Fire Songs, was published in 2014.

“In my view, we have no finer poet than Harsent in these islands today, and this book is among his best, a masterpiece that is at once an unflinching diagnosis of how we live now and a map, as he writes, “that will take you to the edge of things”.”
- New Statesman Books of the Year

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