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Green Apple's Stephen Sparks talks with essayist and translator Eliot Weinberger about his new collection, The Ghosts of Birds.
Praise for Eliot Weinberger:
"One remains in silent amazement: How does he find these stories? How does he know everything?" —Die Zeit
"His essays are dense collages of magical facts that make me ecstatic every time I read them." —Sam Anderson, The New York Times
"As is often the case with brilliant writers, an Eliot Weinberger sentence cannot be mistaken for that of anyone else." —Will Heyward, Australian Book Review
"The brilliant net of details that Weinberger casts and recasts in his various inventive approaches to form is precisely what constitutes a superlative poetic imagination. And it’s what holds the essays—and us—trembling and raging and hallucinating together." —Forrest Gander
"Our personal favorite for the Nobel Prize." —Rolling Stone (Germany)
About The Ghosts of Birds:
The Ghosts of Birds offers thirty-five essays by Eliot Weinberger: the first section of the book continues his linked serial-essay, An Elemental Thing, which pulls the reader into a "vortex for the entire universe" (Boston Review). Here, Weinberger chronicles a nineteenth-century journey down the Colorado River, records the dreams of people named Chang, and shares other factually verifiable discoveries that seem too fabulous to possibly be true. The second section collects Weinberger's essays on a wide range of subjects some of which have been published in Harper's, New York Review of Books, and London Review of Books including his notorious review of George W. Bush's memoir Decision Points and writings about Mongolian art and poetry, different versions of the Buddha, American Indophilia (There is a line, however jagged, from pseudo-Hinduism to Malcolm X ), Bela Balazs, Herbert Read, and Charles Reznikoff. This collection proves once again that Weinberger is "one of the bravest and sharpest minds in the United States" (Javier Marias).
The Ghosts of Birds offers thirty-five essays by Eliot Weinberger: the first section of the book continues his linked serial-essay, An Elemental Thing, which pulls the reader into "a vortex for the entire universe" (Boston Review).
With An Elemental Thing, Weinberger turns from his celebrated political chronicles to the timelessness of the subjects of his literary essays.
This is the first collection of his writings, twenty-one pieces that juxtapose the world as it is and the world as it is imagined--by artists, poets, historical figures, and ordinary people.
One section focuses on writers and literary works: strange tales from classical and modern China; the Psalms in translation: a skeptical look at E. B. White'sNew York.
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism