A fine package of books has arrived from the Other Press. Nice, nice books. Peter Stephan Jungk's The Perfect American and his recent Tigor (Faber have this in the UK as The Snowflake Constant) and Peter Stamm's Unformed Landscape (all translated by Michael Hofmann). Also Talking With Poets: Robert Pinsky, Seamus Heaney, Philip Levine, Michael Hofmann, and David Ferry and Elected Friends: Robert Frost and Edward Thomas to One Another:
Robert Frost and Edward Thomas met in a bookshop in London in 1913. During the next four years, the two writers--Frost, an unknown poet who had sold his farm in New Hampshire in order to take his family to England for one last gamble on poetry and Thomas, a sad literary journalist--formed the most important friendship between poets since that of Wordsworth and Coleridge. Their friendship only ended with Thomas' death in Arras, France, a casualty of the First World War.
The complete-review said of Jungk's Tigor, "some decent ideas and writing, but doesn't achieve its aims". Regardless, I'm still pretty keen to read it. Peter Stamm has been described as "one of Switzerland's most remarkable young talents" (via the very useful New books in German website which "presents regular reviews of new titles particularly recommended for translation into English.")