Tugs in the Fog: Selected Poems

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Poems evoking the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath, the harshness of life in Barcelona under Franco, and the grief at the death of a beloved handicapped daughter.

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For American readers to whom Margarit is being introduced in English translation, the melancholy Catalan poet may seem surprisingly familiar. Many of his poems evoke the smoky, sinister beauty of the late-night jazz clubs he seems to have frequented in Barcelona as a young man. They insist, as Charlie Parker's music does, on a brutally honest sexuality: "I pity you if, in the eyes of your love, / you have never seen the smile of a whore," Margarit writes in "Smiling," while in "Loverman" he celebrates the way Parker allowed his sax to wander "following the shadow / of a woman who dances, her eyes closed / and in nobody's arms in the dark." This noirish mood continues in homages to Raymond Chandler, Oscar Wilde (on his way to prison), wet streets, dark alleyways, and the like. And it deepens even further in selections from Joana, a series of elegies following the death of his beloved daughter. Death, grief, loneliness—not a happy poet, this Margarit, but an accomplished singer of songs in a decidedly minor key. Nance, Kevin

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'One of the best, if not the very best, of all contemporary Catalan poets' - Luis Antonio de Villena, El Mundo 'Poems in which the poet risks all...This is Margarit at the height of his powers, able to move us more than ever with his sad music, his words that don't attempt to prettify' - Jordi Llavina, Avui 'We already know that literature is a fight to the death with death, but it is a long while since I read a book in which this truth was so visible. So terrifyingly visible, I would say' - Javier Cercas, El Pais 'Unlike Heraclitus, Margarit is prepared to believe that we can bathe in the same river twice: because we can wait for and then miss the same trains... These are the ideas that blossom in Margarit's poems; these are the blueprints of human experience which, when drawn in Margarit's language, acquire the unique shape of his private, heartfelt understanding' - Emilio Lledo

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