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O Positive

Joe Dunthorne

Long-awaited debut collection from the novelist, journalist and Faber New Poet Joe Dunthorne. Read by the author.

Format
Audio book
ISBN
9780571355662
Date Published
02.04.2019
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Summary

O Positive is the long-awaited debut collection of poetry from Joe Dunthorne, and it has all the appeal of his widely acclaimed fiction.

Adopting a sunny, genial tone, Dunthorne lures the reader to darker places, exploring death and dread, failure and regret – the ‘lounge of our suffering’. Often, he catches us off-guard: a ‘whiplash’ effect where poems shift from laughter to slaughter in a moment. Impertinent owls, an immersive theatre troupe, ancient men from the Great War and idiot balloonists – such characters dramatise our human fancies and foibles, joining the protagonist in scenarios both humorously bizarre and all-too-familiar. These performances serve to probe and unpeel the layers of the self – all the way down to the raw.

JoeDunthorne

Joe Dunthorne’s first novel, Submarine, was translated into sixteen languages and adapted for film by Richard Ayoade. His second, Wild Abandon, won the 2012 Encore Award. His latest is The Adulterants. His short stories and poems have been published in Paris Review, London Review of Books and McSweeney’s. He is a striker for the England Writers’ Football Team. He teaches…

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