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The Long Take: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize

The Long Take: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize

A powerful work from award-winning poet Robin Robertson which follows a D-Day veteran as he goes in search of freedom and repair in post-war America.

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ISBN 9781509846887
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Published 27 February 2018 by Pan Macmillan
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Main Market Ed.
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Author(s) By Robertson, Robin
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ISBN-13 9781509846887
ISBN-10 1509846883
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 7-15 working days
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Picador
Publication Date 27 February 2018
International Publication Date 13 February 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Main Market Ed.
Edition Main Market Ed.
Author(s) By Robertson, Robin
Category Award Winning
Poetry Texts & Anthologies
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 204mm
Spine: 35mm
Weight 484g
Interest Age 18+ years
Reading Age 18+ years
Library of Congress Veterans - Poetry - United States, Post-traumatic stress disorder, United States - Social conditions - 1945-
NBS Text Poetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 821.92
Catalogue Code 939625

Description of this Book

Walker, a young Canadian recently demobilised after war and his active service in the Normandy landings and subsequent European operations. Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and unable to face a return to his family home in rural Nova Scotia, he goes in search of freedom, change, anonymity and repair. We follow Walker through a sequence of poems as he moves through post-war American cities of New York, Los Angles and San Francisco.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of Roehampton Poetry Prize 2018 (UK) -- Winner of The Goldsmiths Prize 2018 (UK) -- Short-listed for Man Booker Prize 2018 (UK) -- Short-listed for Saltire Society Poetry Book of the Year 2018 (UK)
NZ Review The Long Take remarkably captures linguistic styles of 1940s American writing - Saroyan and Steinbeck. As it progresses into the mid-50s we're hearing Ginsberg and Baldwin...you will be washed in all these when you read this poem... Robertson has chosen a supremely uncomfortable, recognizable flashpoint in US history, an almost perfect mirror image of the nation today: crude, newly unleashed material ambitions mix with off-the-chart levels of fear and paranoia. The only difference is that then it was Russkies and immigrants, and now, uh . . . -- Todd McEwen * Sunday Herald * Robin Robertson, one of the finest lyric poets of the age, flexes his artistic reach in a continuous narrative of more than two hundred pages, a beautiful, vigorous and achingly melancholy hymn to the common man that is as unexpected as it is daring. Here we have a poet, at the peak of his symphonic powers, taking a great risk, and succeeding gloriously... The Long Take is a masterly work of art, exciting, colourful, fast-paced - the old-time movie reviewer's vocabulary is apt to the case - and almost unbearably moving. -- John Banville * Guardian * The Long Take shows it is perfectly possible to write poetry which is both accessible and subtle, which has a genuine moral and social conscience . . . Robertson manages a remarkable strike rate for keeping the language unsettling and honed, often by judicious assonance and alliterations . . . This is a major achievement and will linger long in the reader's mind -- Stuart Kelly * Scotsman * The words flow like the frames of a classic film masterpiece. -- Mike Hodges, filmmaker, <i>Get Carter</i>, <i>Croupier</i>, <i>I'll Sleep When I'm Dead</i> Robin Robertson is instantly recognisable as a poet of vivid authority, commanding a surprised, accurate language of his own. The evocative truth and the crystalline ring of his words, line by line, make a kind of hope in themselves. -- W.S. Merwin Robin Robertson is a fearless and thrilling poet. -- Marina Warner <b> </b> The Long Take is a bullet of a book. It is deeply noir, scything open post-war Los Angeles to show us a living, breathing city: a complicated social setting with cinema layered into its very fabric, a place growing at the expense of many of its most vulnerable citizens. It is a bold book - both imaginative and brave - but, more than that, it is a book that hits its target. It flies. It feels true. -- Ryan Gattis, author of <i>All Involved</i> <b><i> </i></b> Like all of Robertson's work, I approached The Long Take with great anticipation, for few writers so expertly pull the curtains back on the many collective fictions, both ancient and new, that constitute our understanding of the world. All of Robertson's extraordinary gifts as a writer are on display here: his probing intelligence and wit, the strangely tactile beauty of his lines, and his stubborn refusal to ignore all that lingers unaccounted for at the edges of our vision. I was genuinely bowled over by it. -- Kevin Powers, author of <i>The Yellow Birds</i> An inter-genre tour de force, The Long Take is a restless reimagining of conventional poetics. Through the poem's protagonist, Robertson has cast a national, cultural, psychological and class outsider of vibrant and seedy post-war America into a palpable anti-hero eerily resonant with our contemporary world. With syncopated rhythms, staccato dialogue and jump-scenes, the book weaves dizzying, jazz-like meditations on PTSD, masculinity, betrayal and salvation by embodying, in sound, scent and sixth-sense, one of America's most hopeful and devastating decades. The result is a ravishing achievement. -- Ocean Vuong, author of <i>Night Sky with Exit Wounds</i>, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize <b> </b>
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Robin Robertson is from the north-east coast of Scotland. He has published five collections of poetry and received a number of accolades, including the Petrarca-Preis, the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and all three Forward Prizes. He has also edited a collection of essays, Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame, translated two plays of Euripides, Medea and the Bacchae, and, in 2006, published The Deleted World, a selection of free English versions of poems by the Nobel laureate Tomas Transtroemer. He lives in London.

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