The Fall at Home

The Fall at Home

ISBN
9780571338214
Published
04/10/2018
9780571338214
Format
Hardback
Price
£16.99
Paperback
224

About the Book

Aphorisms have been described as 'the obscure hinterland between poetry and prose' (New Yorker) – short pithy statements that capture the essence of the human condition in all its shades.

In this New and Selected, master of the form Don Paterson brings the best examples from his two previous volumes together with ingenious new material relevant to today's world. Moving and mischievous, canny and profound – these wide-ranging observations of no more than one or two lines demonstrate that the aphorism is the perfect form for our times.

Consciousness is the turn the universe makes to hasten its own end.
*
Agnosticism is indulged only by those who have never suffered belief.
*
Poet: someone in the aphorism business for the money.

Aphorisms have been described as 'the obscure hinterland between poetry and prose' (New Yorker) – short pithy statements that capture the essence of the human condition in all its shades. In this New and Selected, master of the form Don Paterson brings the best examples from his two previous volumes together with ingenious new material relevant to today's world. Moving and mischievous, canny and profound – these wide-ranging observations of no more than one or two lines demonstrate that the aphorism is the perfect form for our times. Consciousness is the turn the universe makes to hasten its own end. * Agnosticism is indulged only by those who have never suffered belief. * Poet: someone in the aphorism business for the money.
  • Don Paterson

    Don Paterson was born in Dundee in 1963. He is the author of Nil Nil (1993), winner of the Forward Prize for Best First Collection; God's Gift to Women (1997) - winner of both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize; and Landing Light (2003), which won both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Prize for Poetry. Rain, his most recent collection, won the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2009, the same year that he was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. He has also published versions of Antonio Machado (The Eyes, 1999) and Rainer Maria Rilke (Orpheus, 2006), as well as two collections of aphorisms. His Selected Poems appeared in 2012.

“A hugely enjoyable collection… It takes a degree of chutzpah to pen a single aphorism, let alone a collection. It’s a form that presupposes the author’s wisdom and his right to bestow it. In the wrong hands an aphorism can either feel hectoring and judgmental or bloodless and obvious. The Fall at Home offers the reader a bracing combination of the profound, the comic and the often hilariously self-revealing… If Cioran — nihilistic, rancorous, austere — was the great aphorist of the 20th century, Paterson may be his sunnier 21st-century reincarnation.”
- Spectator
“‘Paterson is wry, sardonic and sceptical; in the same lineage as writers such as Emil Cioran, Karl Kraus and Friedrich Nietzsche… There is a Calvinist haar over much of The Fall at Home, with the humour as a bitter spike lacing it... At its best, and most of it is very good indeed, it becomes both sly and profound.’”
- Scotsman BOOKS OF THE YEAR

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