2012 National Book Award Finalist,
Night of the Republic
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
From supermarkets to funeral homes, we have made places for us to be. In Night of the Republic, Alan Shapiro imagines those places without us. Does our absence matter? We go in and out of experience and memory, in and out of culture and awareness. What happens when we are gone? This is both a modern and an ancient consideration, just short of crisis and very near to joy.
About the Book
In Night of the Republic, Alan Shapiro takes us on an unsettling night tour of America’s public places―a gas station restroom, a shoe store, a convention hall, and a race track, among other locations―and in stark, Edward Hopper-like imagery reveals the surreal and dreamlike features of these familiar but empty night spaces. Shapiro finds in them not the expected alienation but rather an odd, companionable solitude rising from the quiet emptiness.
About the Author
Alan Shapiro has published eleven books of poetry. Winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and twice a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, he has also published two translations, three books of prose, and his first novel, Broadway Baby. Shapiro has received fellowships and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Association, and many others. A fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Shapiro is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
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