Born in Salford in 1944, David Constantine worked for thirty years as a university teacher of German language and literature. He has published several volumes of poetry, most recently, Nine Fathom Deep (2009).
He is a translator of Hölderlin, Brecht, Goethe, Kleist, Michaux and Jaccottet. In 2003 his translation of Hans Magnus Enzensberger s Lighter than Air won the Corneliu M Popescu Prize for European Poetry Translation. His translation of Goethe s Faust, Part I was published by Penguin in 2005; Part II in April 2009. He is also author of one novel, Davies, and Fields of Fire: A Life of Sir William Hamilton. His four short story collections are Back at the Spike, the highly acclaimed Under the Dam (Comma, 2005), and The Shieling (Comma, 2009), which was shortlisted for the 2010 Frank O Connor International Short Story Award, and Tea at the Midland. Constantine s story Tea at the Midland won the BBC National Short Story Award 2010, and won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award in 2013 for the collection (Comma Press, 2012). He lives in Oxford where, for ten years, he edited Modern Poetry in Translation with his wife Helen (until 2011). David's short story 'In Another Country' has been adapted into '45 Years' - a major Film4-funded feature film, directed by Andrew Haigh and starring Tom Courtenay & Charlotte Rampling. This film won two silver bear awards at the Berlinale International Film festival in February 2015. David is also the author of the forthcoming novel, released by Comma Press, The Life-Writer.
Featuring the story that inspired the Academy Award nominated film, 45 YEARS.
The stories of David Constantine are unlike any others. His characters possess you instantly, making you see the world as they do sometimes as exiles, driven into isolation by convictions that even they don t fully understand; sometimes as carriers of an unspoken but unbearable weight. The things they pursue, or evade, are often unseen and at a distance like the perfectly preserved body of a woman in the title story, waiting to be discovered in the receding ice of a Swiss glacier. These tokens of the past, or future, haunt Constantine s characters, but the landscapes that produce them also offer salvation, places of refuge or small treasures to take solace in like the piece of driftwood a beachcomber chooses to carve into his idea of perfection.
Gathering together stories from over two decades of writing, this selection demonstrates why Constantine has been hailed as perhaps the finest of contemporary writers in this form . Their bewitching and urgent language is at one and the same time unsettling and strong enough to help .
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Buchbeschreibung Comma Press Sep 2015, 2015. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. 199x128x28 mm. Neuware - 224 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781905583768