Jonathan Cape, £10
Archangel, By Henry Shukman
Boyd Tonkin is Senior Writer and a columnist at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Literary Editor at The Independent, and before that Social Policy Editor and then Books Editor at the New Statesman magazine. He has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes and has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize. In 2001, he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for literature in translation, and serves on its judging panel every year.
Friday 12 April 2013
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.
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