History by Craig Raine
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The Pasternaks are a family of writers, printers, musicians, whose attempts to work and survive under Stalin are chronicled. The Raines are professional boxers, psychotherapists and eccentrically English. Their varying fortunes are conveyed in three-line stanzas.
 

About Craig Raine

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Craig Raine is the former poetry editor at Faber, the editor of the arts tri-quarterly Areté, and the author of several works of poetry and literary essays as well as the critical study T. S. Eliot.
 
Published January 1, 1994 by Penguin Putnam~trade. 334 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This ``novel in verse'' from British poet Raine (Rich) traces in tercets the 20th-century history of his family in Oxford, England, and of Boris Pasternak's in Russia.

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Inglourious Basterds itself is divided into five chapters: "1 - Once Upon a Time In Nazi Occupied France", "2 - Inglourious Basterds", "3 - German Nights in Paris", "4 - Operation Kino", "5 - Revenge of the Giant Face".

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The Independent

It can get formulaic - after a while we suspect that every cup of shiny white sugar has a 'brown bogey' in it - and this also afflicts Raine's strutting approach to life's fundamentals.

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London Review of Books

Metaphor is harder because it’s more complex, more bold, more intense, more creationist, more God Almighty to say (and convince the reader that) ‘A is B’ than ‘A is (in some manner) like B.’ Metaphor incarnates, makes something new.

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