Contraband of Hoopoe

Ewa Chrusciel

Contraband of Hoopoe

Ewa Chrusciel

Distributed for Omnidawn Publishing, Inc.

104 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $17.95 ISBN: 9781890650995 Published October 2014
Contraband of Hoopoe explores issues of dislocation, immigration and desire. Chrusciel invents a poetics of smuggling as she crosses national, historical and linguistic borders. The migratory narrative is distinctly errant, haunted by a childhood lived under a Communist regime, by the austerity of Eastern block politics, and by the possibility of discovering a fleeting language to carry the seeds of illicit revelation, spiritual transformation, and insight. The book elevates smuggling to a noble art, recording how the Jewish people were hidden and transported during the Holocaust. Chrusciel tracks a series of historical objects and secret messages that immigrants throughout history have been sneaking through customs, past border checkpoints, and across the seas.
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