Ales Mustar C(O)Urt Interpretations

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C(O)Urt Interpretations

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Poetry. Translated from the Slovenian by Manja Maksimovic. C(O)URT INTERPRETATIONS is the first full-length collection by one of Slovenia's most provocative young poets, Ales Mustar. In Mustar's court, consumerism stands on trial alongside "post-post-modernism" and Dostoevsky. With his witty philosophical riffing on the trappings and evasions of contemporary society, Mustar sharply demonstrates what it means to poeticize with a gavel. Ales Mustar was born in 1968 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. His poetry has been published in the most important Slovenian literary magazines, and has been translated into Czech, Serbian, Polish, Macedonian, English, and Romanian. He holds degrees in English and Pedagogy from the University of Ljubljana and a Ph.D. in Romanian literature from the University of Bucharest. Mustar has also written for the theater, and is a translator of Romanian and Macedonian literature.

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Ales Mustar was born in 1968 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. His poetry has been published in the most important Slovenian literary magazines, and has been translated into Czech, Serbian, Polish, Macedonian, English, and Romanian. He holds degrees in English and Pedagogy from the University of Ljubljana and a Ph.D. in Romanian literature from the University of Bucharest. Mustar has also written for the theater, and is a translator of Romanian and Macedonian literature.

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Upon reading a book such as this, we can state that this kind of poetry in its essence values revolt. In the case at hand, the personal and social rebellion has a solid base and does not float weightlessly in midair. Irony remains one of the key elements of C(o)urt Interpretations; Mustar uses it with no hesitation, and by intensifying it, achieves its opposite and eventually its annihilation. Irony, which often turns into self-irony, at times overcomes melancholic impulses; their edges are smoothed by an urge to smile. In a sense, the tone of some of Mustar s poems can be compared to that of the comics in a daily paper: both involve the urgency to update an event, criticism, irony, and humor. Yet neither the former nor the latter comes equipped with an objective recipe to guarantee its quality; it can only be a result of the right combination and an adequate dose of all the constituents, which is something only the best achieve. This, along with the collection's immediateness in terms of its contents, is why C(o)urt Interpretations raises dust on the shelves of modern Slovene poetry. --Robert Simonisek

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