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but it’s a long way
Frédérique Guétat-Liviani; Nathanaël, trans.

2018 • 80 pp. 5 1/4 x 6 1/4"

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-937658-81-6

Trans. from the French

A book of arresting poems that inscribes the lived experiences of public housing residents in the southeast of France

Frédérique Guétat-Liviani’s but it’s a long way is a peace treaty in the form of several soliloquies that, taken together, read like a death warrant or an obituary for an age that has never come. Transcribed from conversations with people of all ages living in public housing in the suburbs of Avignon, these narratives evoke itineraries between Morocco, Algeria, Albania, Spain, Mayotte, Côte d’Ivoire, and France. The result is a magisterial work, a continental chorus that articulates a confluence of humanities.

Born in Grenoble in 1963, artist and poet FRÉDÉRIQUE GUÉTAT-LIVIANI is the publisher of Fidel Anthelme x in Marseille. She is the author of several collections of poetry. NATHANAËL is the author of a score of books written in English or French. She lives in Chicago.

Thu, 6 Sep 2018 11:52:13 -0500