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Tales From Baron Munchausen

 

From the back cover:

Tales from Baron Munchausen is Edwin Morgan's 'poetic reconstructions' of some of the stories ascribed to the infamous soldier whose name has come to be synonymous with tall tales. Karl Friedrich Hieronymus, Baron von Munchausen (1720 - 1797), was born in Bodenwerder and served in Russian campaigns against the Turks. He was said to have been in the habit of exaggerating his exploits, and a collection of stories allegedly narrated by him was published in English in 1785 by a fellow Hanoverian (and opportunist) Rudolph Erich Raspe as Baron Munchausen's Narrative of his Marvellous Travels and Campaigns in Russia.

In 'A Letter to Baron Munchausen' Morgan writes: 'You are the grandest of storytellers, and that is where our paths cross. As a poet, of course, I am by definition a storyteller, whatever else I may be … You were clearly a man of the world, and the world was still, is still, a mysterious place, where unexplained things happen every week.'

In this, Edwin Morgan's first collection since his appointment as Scotland's 'Makar' or National Poet, the poet merges with the storyteller to 'make us think about what is real and what is not real, what is possible and what is not possible, what is good and what is problematic' in a wonderfully inventive, humorous and moving way.

 

Tales From Baron Munchausen, Glasgow: Mariscat Press, 2004

 

ISBN 0 946588 40 6 • GBP 6,00

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Edinburgh EH3 5HT
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