Combining scholarly authority with a moral allegiance to the arcane, the translator and editor Weinberger creates genre-bending essays and prose poems to help us see the world anew. This eclectic collection spans centuries and cultures and might make you wonder if there is anything its author doesn’t know.

—Daphne Kalotay, The New York Times

A new collection from “one of the world’s great essayists” (The New York Times)

The Ghosts of Birds

Nonfiction by Eliot Weinberger

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Paperback (published October 11, 2016)

ISBN
9780811226189
Price US
16.95
Trim Size
5 x 8
Page Count
240

Ebook (published October 11, 2016)

ISBN
9780811226196

Eliot Weinberger

American essayist and translator

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Combining scholarly authority with a moral allegiance to the arcane, the translator and editor Weinberger creates genre-bending essays and prose poems to help us see the world anew. This eclectic collection spans centuries and cultures and might make you wonder if there is anything its author doesn’t know.

—Daphne Kalotay, The New York Times

Over time, Weinberger has become known for his unclassifiable prose, a mode in the twilight between prose poetry, amateur philological essay, and literary criticism.

—David S. Wallace, LA Review of Books

His essays use lists, collages of information, and sometimes, as poetry does, varying line breaks. They don’t read like anyone else’s work.

—Christopher Byrd, The New Yorker

Eliot Weinberger — in his original essays no less than in his work as a translator, editor, and critic — is a masterful curator. He is a restorer, an arranger, a presenter.

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A new book of essays proves to be as erudite, compelling, and delightfully strange as we have come to expect from Eliot Weinberger.

—Brendan Driscoll, Booklist

In The Ghost of Birds, part of which is a continuation of the serial essay begun in An Elemental Thing, Eliot Weinberger further establishes himself as one of our singular and singularly great essayists. A modernist with the horror and absurdity of the 20th century behind him, Weinberger’s collection—which moves from medieval Irish legends to contemporary politics and poetry—is tinged humor and grace, fully alive to the weirdness of the world.

—Stephen Sparks, Lit Hub

These exhaustively researched pieces are richly detailed and unfailingly interesting. This book dazzles as a repository of knowledge and interpretation”

—Kirkus Review

Our personal favorite for the Nobel Prize.

Rolling Stone (Germany)

The brilliant net of details that Weinberger casts and recasts in his various inventive approaches to form is precisely what constitutes a superlative poetic imagination. And it’s what holds the essays—and us—trembling and raging and hallucinating together.

—Forrest Gander

As is often the case with brilliant writers, an Eliot Weinberger sentence cannot be mistaken for that of anyone else.

—Will Heyward, Australian Book Review

His essays are dense collages of magical facts that make me ecstatic every time I read them.

—Sam Anderson, The New York Times

One remains in silent amazement: How does he find these stories? How does he know everything?

Die Zeit

A master of the infinite commentary on the astonishing variety of the world … I envy those who have not yet discovered him.

—Enrique Vila-Matas