but it’s a long way

A book of arresting poems that inscribes the lived experiences of public housing residents in the southeast of France



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Weight 0.2125 lbs
Dimensions 5 × .2 × 6 in

Frédérique Guétat-Liviani’s but it’s a long way is a peace treaty in the form of several soliloquies that, taken together, read like a death warrant or an obituary for an age that has never come. Transcribed from conversations with people of all ages living in public housing in the suburbs of Avignon, these narratives evoke itineraries between Morocco, Algeria, Albania, Spain, Mayotte, Côte d’Ivoire, and France. The result is a magisterial work, a continental chorus that articulates a confluence of humanities.

ISBN: 9781937658816
paperback, 96 pages, 5 1/4 x 6 1/4
Publication Date: 2018

The work is as devastating as it is moving, and the French is included after the English, as is an illuminating interview/essay on the conditions of composition for this multi-voiced and interlingual text.

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