Book Review: Stories and verses of damned lies: Jan Oskar Hansen

Stories and verses of damned lies by Jan Oskar Hansen is the poetry of migrant journeys of hope, in the texts here outlines a literary phenomenon that responds directly to the news events of the facts of the Mediterranean. The news events become the key issues on which the poetic discourse is built by writing a civil poetry which seeks to give meaning to reality.


In fact, the content of the poems manage to outline a narrative of migration in the Mediterranean which focuses and dwells on individual phases, aspects and moments that make up the journey, making recurring poetic themes. In this sense, there seems to be, from the author, the intention to make a travelogue collection, summarizing the main stages, both physical and inner, the tragic path of travel of hope.

From various perspectives, and multiple forms of language, therefore delineate thematic areas corresponding to those that are the highlights and most symbolic of the migration, among them the despair as the reason of the flight, together with the office of pain and suffering that distinguishes them.

Retracing the themes present in the poetic material, it is possible to trace the narrative and sociological values of the events evoked by the authors and then investigate the journeys of hope in a perspective that, in parallel to the critical analysis of migratory processes, describing them the appearance deeper and more human.

The poems manage to provide an interpretation capable of representing humanity in its inescapable migratory condition, suggesting a continued understanding of contemporary migrations through a face to the past look. The lines of the poems tend to tell the existence of migrants transcending historical and geographical context, opening up a wider existential reflection that the view of humanity by its nature is a migrant.

The author wrote a beautiful book, intense and composite. There is a frame which cleverly connects everything and constantly creeps in what it contains are a trip. The poems will close as an unbreakable bottle of the vortex of history and at the same time it will clarify the message launched into space, the narrative in search of readers.

Hence, the attempt to live up to an essential communicative mission and a universal audience, one of the main strengths of the poems are the quality of the language, simple and solemn, lyrical and sententious, clear and mysterious, which is one with the elegance of the writing, the poetic suggestion of the style, the sacredness of the linguistic gesture.

The lines intersect and move apart, united and animated by desire to understand the man and his destiny, his ferocity and his goodness with words of torment, of aspirations, of generosity, of violence that only the utility of simple, naked beauty of creation seem to find a tearful reconciliation as between loving a swallow's nest in the frightened hands under a paternal walnut where a man must empty his pain.



Format: Paperback ♥ Pages: 106 ♥ Publisher: Cyberwit ♥ Published: November 2015 ♥ Language: English ♥ ISBN-13: 978-8182536159