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Nobody - Alice Oswald

Nobody - Alice Oswald

This is book № 9 from a limited edition of 105 copies

Title: Nobody

Author:  Alice Oswald

ISBN:  9781787332126

Weight:  1.10kg

Limited signed first edition, first print hardcover with Perspex slipcase



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Nobody by Alice Oswald

The new book from the greatest living British poet

This is a book-length poem – a collage of water-stories, taken mostly from the Odyssey – about a minor character, abandoned on a stony island.  It is not a translation, though, but a close inspection of the sea that surrounds him.

There are several voices in the poem but no proper names, although its presiding spirit is Proteus, the shape-shifting sea-god.  We recognise other mythical characters – Helios, Icarus, Alcyone, Philoctetes, Calypso, Clytemnestra, Orpheus, Poseidon, Hermes – who drift in and out of the poem, surfacing briefly before disappearing.

Reading Nobody is like watching the ocean: a destabilising experience that becomes mesmeric, almost hallucinatory, as we slip our earthly moorings and follow the circling shoal of sea voices into a mesh of sound and light and water – fluid, abstract, and moving with the wash of waves.

As with all of Alice Oswald’s work, this is poetry that is made for the human voice, but this poem takes on the qualities of another element: dense, muscular and liquid.

one person has the character of dust
another has an arrow for a soul
but their stories all end
in the sea

Oswald was elected as the Oxford University Professor of Poetry in 2019.

Peer & Press Reviews

Nobody…  is a paean to water, to the fluidity of language and the porousness between beings and stories…  Both form and language echo the ceaseless drift, flitting movement and translucence of their uncontainable body… and, as with any memorable trip, the effects of reading Nobody linger in and around the mind long after the experience has passed.

Financial Times

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Nobody
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition background

This true limited edition comes from a small print run of just 105 signed and numbered copies published by Jonathan Cape, an imprint of Vintage Publishing.  This is the only hardcover edition of this title.

The book (subject to any minor production changes) will have the following features: fully case bound with sewn signatures, paper-covered boards with a square spine, head and tail bands, a dust jacket and notched Perspex slipcase. Every copy is individually wrapped in strong Kraft paper.

Book numbers 9 of 100
Overall condition Presumed at least Fine / Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades) – supplied in publisher's original, sealed, brown paper wrapping.
Signed Yes
Book Stats
Publisher Vintage Publishing
Imprint Jonathan Cape
Publication date
ISBN 13 9781787332126
ISBN 10 1787332128
Format Hardcover with dust jacket and slipcase
Pages 88
Size (h x w x d) 217 x 143 x 23mm (Kraft-wrapped slipcase)

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