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Book Title: Alfabeto|
The author of the book: Inger Christensen
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 541 KB
Edition: Sexto Piso
Date of issue: 2014
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Read full description of the books Alfabeto:Alfabeto es uno de los libros esenciales de la poesía europea del siglo xx. Hasta hoy era, de forma incomprensible, inédito en nuestra lengua. Es un largo poema cuya forma sigue dos principios de composición. El primero es la secuencia de Fibonacci. Es decir, cada verso es la suma de los dos precedentes: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13… El segundo es el alfabeto. Cada poema, y las palabras que utiliza, sigue el orden de las letras: a, b, c, d, e. Sin embargo, bajo esta forma aparentemente estricta, hay lugar para el azar. Como en una de las más antiguas tradiciones hebreas, Christensen juega con la materia misma con la que está construido el mundo: las letras, y su misterioso orden. Con ese magma informe y primigenio, recrea el mundo y su destrucción. Verso a verso, letra a letra, va moldeando cada una de las cosas que lo pueblan –el amor, la infancia, la vejez, el olvido, el odio, la muerte, la memoria– hasta que el árbol de las palabras, el árbol de la vida, surge, hermoso e indemne, ante nosotros. Al final, como los vocablos mismos, todo desaparece en un soplo. En los labios no nos queda más que la fragilidad de la vida y de las palabras, y la certeza de que una magia, oculta y aún nombrable, habita en ellas.
Read information about the authorInger Christensen was born in Vejle, Denmark, in 1935. Initially she studied medicine, but then trained as a teacher and worked at the College of Art in Holbæck from 1963–64. Although she has also written a novel, stories, essays, radio plays, a drama and an opera libretto, Christensen is primarily known for her linguistically skilled and powerful poetry.
Christensen first became known to a wider audience with the volumes "Lys" (1962; Light) and "Græs" (1963; Grass), which are much influenced by the modernistic imagery of the 60s, and in which she is concerned with the location of the lyric "I" in relation to natural and culturally created reality. The flat, regular landscape of Denmark, its plants and animals, the beach, the sea, the snow-filled winters have determined the topography of many of her poems. Christensen has also been known internationally since the appearance of the long poem "Det" (1969; "it" 2006), a form of creative report on the merger of language and the world, which centres around the single word "it" and covers more than two hundred pages. The book clearly reveals the influence on Christensen's poetic work of such a range of authors as Lars Gustafsson, Noam Chomsky, Viggo Brøndal, R.D. Laing and Sören Kierkegaard. The analogy between the development of poetic language and the growth of life is, as in "Det", also the basic motif of the volume of poetry "Alfabet" (1981; Alphabet). In addition to the alphabet itself – which gives the book its title and provides a logical arrangement for its fourteen sections –, the structure is generated by the so-called Fibonacci series, in which every number consists of the sum of the preceding two. The composition reflects the theme exactly: while "Det" points to the story of creation and its "In the beginning was the Word", here the alphabet is a pointer to the "A and O" of the apocalypse.
The story of her life and work offers access to a poetry that is difficult and enigmatic, but simultaneously simple and elementary. Inger Christensen is one of the most reflecting, form-conscious poets of the present day, and her history of ideas also provides information on the paradox of lyric art; making legible through poetic means what must necessary remain illegible, and in this way wrestling a specific order from the universal labyrinth. Here the transitions between the poet and the essayist Christensen are fluid: just as lyrical figures and motifs give her essays a density of their own, figures of thought and configurations of ideas return as an organic component of the poems.
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