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Deaf Republic opens in an occupied country in a time of political unrest. When soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, Petya, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear--they all have gone deaf, and their dissent becomes coordinated by sign language. The story follows the private lives of townspeople encircled by public violence. At once a love story, an elegy, and an urgent plea, these poems confronts our time's vicious atrocities...
Finalist for the National Book Award; finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Award; finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award; winner of the National Jewish Book Award; finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; finalist for the T. S. Eliot Prize; and a finalist for the Forward Prize for Best Collection Ilya Kaminsky's astonishing parable in poems asks us,...
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