Deaf Republic

Deaf Republic

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Author: Ilya Kaminsky

Publisher: Graywolf Press (2019)

Deaf Republic opens in an occupied country in a time of political unrest. When soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, Petya, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear—all have gone deaf, and their dissent becomes coordinated by sign language. The story follows the private lives of townspeople encircled by public violence: a newly married couple, Alfonso and Sonya, expecting a child; the brash Momma Galya, instigating the insurgency from her puppet theater; and Galya’s girls, heroically teaching signs by day and by night luring soldiers one by one to their deaths behind the curtain. At once a love story, an elegy, and an urgent plea—Ilya Kaminsky’s long-awaited Deaf Republic confronts our time’s vicious atrocities and our collective silence in the face of them.

Finalist for the National Book Award
Finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Award
Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award
Finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award
Finalist for the T. S. Eliot Prize
Finalist for the Forward Prize for Best Collection
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
Winner of the National Jewish Book Award