The Ghosts of Birds


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New Directions Publishing Corporation
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5.3 X 0.7 X 8.1 inches | 0.55 pounds
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About the Author

Eliot Weinberger's books of literary essays include Karmic Traces, An Elemental Thing, The Ghosts of Birds, and Angels & Saints. His political writings are collected in What I Heard About Iraq and What Happened Here: Bush Chronicles. The author of a study of Chinese poetry translation, 19 Ways of Looking at Wang Wei, he is a translator of the poetry of Bei Dao and the editor of The New Directions Anthology of Classical Chinese Poetry. He was formerly the general editor of the series Calligrams: Writings from and on China and the literary editor of the Murty Classical Library of India. Among his many translations of Latin American poetry and prose are The Poems of Octavio Paz, Paz's In Light of India, Vicente Huidobro's Altazor, Xavier Villaurrutia's Nostalgiafor Death, and Jorge Luis Borges' Seven Nights and Selected Non-Fictions. He has been publishing with New Directions since 1975.


One remains in silent amazement: How does he find these stories? How does he know everything?
As is often the case with brilliant writers, an Eliot Weinberger sentence cannot be mistaken for that of anyone else.--Will Heyward
Our personal favorite for the Nobel Prize.
A new book of essays proves to be as erudite, compelling, and delightfully strange as we have come to expect from Eliot Weinberger.--Brendan Driscoll
Over time, Weinberger has become known for his unclassifiable prose, a mode in the twilight between prose poetry, amateur philological essay, and literary criticism.--David S. Wallace
Eliot Weinberger -- in his original essays no less than in his work as a translator, editor, and critic -- is a masterful curator. He is a restorer, an arranger, a presenter--Justin Taylor
In The Ghost of Birds, part of which is a continuation of the serial essay begun in An Elemental Thing, Eliot Weinberger further establishes himself as one of our singular and singularly great essayists. A modernist with the horror and absurdity of the 20th century behind him, Weinberger's collection--which moves from medieval Irish legends to contemporary politics and poetry--is tinged humor and grace, fully alive to the weirdness of the world.--Stephen Spark
Combining scholarly authority with a moral allegiance to the arcane, the translator and editor Weinberger creates genre-bending essays and prose poems to help us see the world anew. This eclectic collection spans centuries and cultures and might make you wonder if there is anything its author doesn't know.--Daphne Kalotay
His essays use lists, collages of information, and sometimes, as poetry does, varying line breaks. They don't read like anyone else's work.--Christopher Byrd
A master of the infinite commentary on the astonishing variety of the world ... I envy those who have not yet discovered him.--Enrique Vila-Matas
The brilliant net of details that Weinberger casts and recasts in his various inventive approaches to form is precisely what constitutes a superlative poetic imagination. And it's what holds the essays--and us--trembling and raging and hallucinating together.--Forrest Gander
These exhaustively researched pieces are richly detailed and unfailingly interesting...dazzles as a repository of knowledge and interpretation.--The Ghosts of Birds
My favorite essayist is Eliot Weinberger. His remarkable breadth of calm concern is impressive.--Gary Snyder