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Colonies of Paradise: Poems
by Matthias Göritz
translated by Mary Jo Bang
Northwestern University Press, 2023
Paper: 978-0-8101-4581-8 | eISBN: 978-0-8101-4582-5
Library of Congress Classification PT2707.O75L6613 2023
Dewey Decimal Classification 831.92

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

The first book of poetry by Matthias Göritz to be available in English, in a translation by a renowned writer

Very few books of poetry by contemporary German writers are available to English-speaking readers. In Colonies of Paradise, acclaimed poet and translator Mary Jo Bang introduces the poems of novelist, poet, and translator Matthias Göritz, one of the most exciting German writers publishing today. The poems in this book, which originally appeared in German under the title Loops, take the reader on a tour of Paris, Chicago, Hamburg, and Moscow as they explore childhood, travel, and the human experience. Unsettling our expectations about adulthood, the book permeates the quotidian with a disquieting strangeness that leads us deeper into our own lives and histories. Göritz’s sly humor, keen insight, and artistry are brought to the fore in Bang’s careful and innovative translation, allowing an English-language audience to enter fully the intricate interiority of Göritz’s work.


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