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Deaf Republic

Deaf Republic

"A deaf boy is shot by a soldier during a protest, and the whole town goes deaf. In this genre-bending poetic masterpiece, Ilya Kaminsky takes us on a journey through the dissent of Vasenka, and all the lessons it contains about silence; its danger, and its power."

Kaleigh O.

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Author Ilya Kaminsky
Publisher Graywolf Press
Publication Date 2019-03-05
Section New Titles - Paperback / Poetry / All Staff Suggestions / Fiction Suggestions / Kaleigh O.
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9781555978310

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

Deaf Republic opens in an occupied country in a time of political unrest. When soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, Petya, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear―they all have gone deaf, and their dissent becomes coordinated by sign language. The story follows the private lives of townspeople encircled by public violence: a newly married couple, Alfonso and Sonya, expecting a child; the brash Momma Galya, instigating the insurgency from her puppet theater; and Galya’s girls, heroically teaching signing by day and by night luring soldiers one by one to their deaths behind the curtain. At once a love story, an elegy, and an urgent plea, Ilya Kaminsky’s long-awaited Deaf Republic confronts our time’s vicious atrocities and our collective silence in the face of them.

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