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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher New Directions
Publication date May 1, 2001
Pages 77
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780811214773
ISBN-10 081121477X
Dimensions 0.25 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.20 lbs.
Original list price $13.95
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Summary
The author presents a poetic version of the alphabet that is based structurally on Fibonacci's mathematical sequence in which every number is the sum of the two previous numbers. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description:

A startling and gorgeous work by Denmark's most admired poet finally available in English translation.

Awarded the American-Scandinavian PEN Translation Prize by Michael Hamburger, Susanna Nied's translation of alphabet introduces Inger Christensen's poetry to US readers for the first time. Born in 1935, Inger Christensen is Denmark's best known poet. Her award-winning alphabet is based structurally on Fibonacci's sequence (a mathematical sequence in which each number is the sum of the two previous numbers), in combination with the alphabet. The gorgeous poetry herein reflects a complex philosophical background, yet has a visionary quality, discovering the metaphysical in the simple stuff of everyday life. In alphabet, Christensen creates a framework of psalm-like forms that unfold like expanding universes, while crystallizing both the beauty and the potential for destruction that permeate our times.

Editions
Hardcover
from Fjord Pr (June 1, 1991)
9780940242623 | details & prices | List price $21.95
About: Inger Christensen is one of Denmark's best-known poets.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780811214773 Book cover for 9781852243104
 
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With Susanna Nied | from New Directions (May 1, 2001)
9780811214773 | details & prices | 77 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.25 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $13.95
About: The author presents a poetic version of the alphabet that is based structurally on Fibonacci's mathematical sequence in which every number is the sum of the two previous numbers.
With Susanna Nied (other contributor) | from Bloodaxe Books Ltd (December 1, 2000)
9781852243104 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.25 in. | 0.30 lbs | List price $16.95
from Fjord Pr (June 1, 1991)
9780940242616 | details & prices | List price $10.95
About: Inger Christensen is one of Denmark's best-known poets.

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