Wolf One-Eye is an extraordinary cycle of poems — magical, mysterious, sinister, funny — about exile, in which the eponymous protagonist finds himself an exile from an ancient mythological landscape in a new realm of quarks and strange universes.
Dislocated and alone, Wolf travels through totally unfamiliar territory, closely observed by the other voice in these poems, that of the poet/narrator.
Kronbergs is himself an exile, having grown up as a refugee child in Sweden after the Second World War, and this gives his poetry a distinctiveness and resonance that is perfectly captured in Mara Rozitis's translation.
In its original version, Wolf One-Eye was awarded the Latvian Writers' Union prize in 1997 for best poetry collection. The present version is revised and contains a substantial body of new work.
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