Deaf Republic

Ilya Kaminsky’s poetry collection Deaf Republic is a deeply affecting parable-in-verse. In an unnamed village in an unnamed country, invading soldiers kill a deaf boy. As an act of resistance, the entire town enacts deafness. The story charts two puppeteers and their theater’s owner as they navigate resistance, love, and tragedy under occupation. Kaminsky’s sharp poetry is by turns ribald, tender, and elegiac. Deaf Republic calls to mind some of the best Russian political writers, from Bulgakov to Tolstoy, from Dostoyevsky to Anthony Marra. This is a poetry collection with the emotional heft of a novel, and it’s unforgettable. Recommended by Danny

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ISBN: 9781555978310
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 5th, 2019

Ilya Kaminsky’s astonishing parable in poems asks us, What is silence?

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