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Hornbooks of Rita K., the (2001) [Collection]
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Robert Kroetsch's first published anthology of new poetry in around ten years, the Hornbooks of Rita K. is supposedly the collection of ninety-nine hornbooks she wrote before disappearing in 1992 in a Frankfurt Museum.
Rita Kleinhart is essentially fictional, though in many ways Kroetsch himself, or at least until 1992.
As Raymond sits down to publish her works, he finds himself becoming more and more a part of her work. As he states in the beginning, he will let Rita's words do the expressin, adding only the occasional footnote. But in the end it is Raymond who tells the story, with sparse extracts of Rita's poetry.
Kroetsch arranges order on the book; a definitive collection, a narrative - but then subverts all the order, making it a truly complex work.

Original title: The Hornbooks of Rita K.
Original languages: English


Genre: PoetryVerse

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Edition #1: Hornbooks of Rita K., the

Hornbooks of Rita K., the (2001)
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Language: English

  • "This book is fun. It is also intellectually taut and supremely tricky. For those who have long admired his many fine books of poetry and esteemed fiction, then this latest book will be a treat. " Shawna Lemay, The Edmonton Journal.
  • "In The Hornbooks of Rita , Kroetsch shows how brilliantly a wily intelligence can slip the bonds of expectation to create surprising and challenging new work...this is a playful, maddening, sceptical, artfully empty, fulfilling maze of words and ideas that only Robert Kroetsch could construct." Harry Vandervlist, Quill & Quire
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ISBN: 0888643721

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