Deaf Republic

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Ilya Kaminsky
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Deaf Republic opens in an occupied country in a time of political unrest. When soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, Petya, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear - all have gone deaf, and their dissent becomes coordinated by sign language. The story follows the private lives of townspeople encircled by public violence: a newly married couple, Alfonso and Sonya, expecting a child; the brash Momma Galya, instigating the insurgency from her puppet theatre; and Galya's girls, heroically teaching signs by day and by night luring soldiers one by one to their deaths behind the curtain. At once a love story, an elegy, and an urgent plea - Ilya Kaminsky's long-awaited Deaf Republic confronts our time's vicious atrocities and our collective silence in the face of them.

In "We Lived Happily during the War," an American speaker, comfortable in a "great country of money" offers only token opposition to the bombing of "other people's houses." The poems that follow are divided into two acts. Kaminsky also includes a list of dramatis ... Deaf Republic.

Poetry Book Society Choice 2019 'A perfectly extraordinary book. It is so romantic, and so painful, with such a stunning lightness of touch but such devastating weight.