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Title:
The Long Take
Written by:
Robin Robertson 
Read by:
Kerry Shale 
Format:
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
5 hours 27 minutes 
Published:
March 28 2019 
Available Date:
March 28 2019 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781529016482 
Genres:
Fiction; Adult; Poetry; War Fiction 
Publisher:
Bolinda/Macmillan audio 
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Shortlisted The Man Booker Prize 2018
Winner Goldsmiths Prize 2018
Winner The Roehampton Poetry Prize 2018

A powerful genre-defying work from award-winning poet Robin Robertson which follows a D-Day veteran as he goes in search of freedom and repair in post-war America.

A noir narrative written with the intensity and power of poetry, The Long Take is one of the most remarkable – and unclassifiable – books of recent years. Walker is a D-Day veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder; he can’t return home to rural Nova Scotia, and looks instead to the city for freedom, anonymity and repair. As he moves from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco we witness a crucial period of fracture in American history, one that also allowed film noir to flourish. The Dream had gone sour but – as those dark, classic movies made clear – the country needed outsiders to study and dramatise its new anxieties. While Walker tries to piece his life together, America is beginning to come apart: deeply paranoid, doubting its own certainties, riven by social and racial division, spiralling corruption and the collapse of the inner cities. The Long Take is about a good man, brutalised by war, haunted by violence and apparently doomed to return to it – yet resolved to find kindness again, in the world and in himself. Robin Robertson's The Long Take is a work of thrilling originality.

'A beautiful, vigorous and achingly melancholy hymn to the common man that is as unexpected as it is daring.'
The Guardian

'The Long Take shows it is perfectly possible to write poetry which is both accessible and subtle, which has a genuine moral and social conscience ... This is a major achievement.'
Scotsman on Sunday

'As a work of art, this dreamlike exploration is a triumph; as a timely allegory, it is disturbingly profound ... One of the first major achievements of 21st-century English-language literature. '
The Financial Times