by Tomaž Šalamun
hardcover / 160 p. / Poetry
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The penultimate work from renowned Slovenian poet Tomaž Šalamun, Andes was written less than three years before his death in 2014. Together, the poems of Andes are an exceptional and unusual journey that confronts both life and death across diverse continents, peoples, cities, languages, and histories. In his eulogy for Šalamun, the Slovene poet Miklavž Komelj said: “Šalamun achieved this highest level, where the real question regarding his poetry isn’t what someone thinks of it, or if someone likes it or not, but solely, if we are able to endure it or not.” Like life and the human condition itself, these poems are at times challenging but also absurd, celebratory, and ecstatic—and completely worth it.
Jeffrey Young is a writer and editor. He wrote and co-directed a short film about Tomaž Šalamun called Every True Poet and is at work on a feature documentary about Šalamun’s life and legacy. Katarina Vladimirov Young is a visual artist and illustrator.