Book: Europa (Moniza Alvi)

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Author: Moniza Alvi
Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd

Many of the poems in Moniza Alvi’s Europa relate to ancient and modern traumas, including enforced exile, alienation, rape and “honor killing”. Its centrepiece is a re-imagining of the story of the rape of Europa by Jupiter as a bull. Her latest collection also includes a series of poems exploring post-traumatic stress disorder, and further versions of the French poet Jules Supervielle with their Second World War background. Europa is a dark, unified book whose poems move towards regeneration.

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