Archangel, By Henry Shukman


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At the core of Shukman's poetry collection stands a remarkable sequence about a strange episode of the Great War that ensnared his own family.

Thousands of Jewish tailors from London's East End were sent back to Russia to fight - just as the Revolution ignited.

Their bizarre journey and its global aftermath give these far-flung but intimate poems about belonging and uprooting, exile and nostalgia, their beating narrative heart.

Condemned to wander again, these "wanted men" find a secure home in his tender, well-cut words.