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Rafael Argullol

The Knife Sharpener

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Acantilado

January 1999

80 pages

Aphorisms, Poetry

Original Title: El afilador de cuchillos

The Knife Sharpener is a single poem, even though it is made up out of a series of thirty-three poems, each of which can stand on its own. Conceived of as an itinerary, Rafael Argullol’s work exhibits the experiences of shipwreck and of rebirth with a language in which spiritual investigation is guided all the time by the prominence of the senses and the body. With this book, after a long parenthesis, the author takes up again the poetic route begun in Disturbances of Knowledge (1979) and Sorrow in the Valley of Death (1983).

Praises

«A canticle of resistance, fed with good philosophical nutrients, that is capable of raising the reader up to an aesthetic heaven from the deeps of the angst of existence».
Carlos Ortega, El País

«The Knife Sharpener is a symbol and an allegory of the whole of the human condition at this end of the millennium».
José Luis García Martín, El Mundo).

«An act of lucid audacity: light after the splendour, a house after the collapse, error after the certainty».
José Carlos Cataño, ABC

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