Poetry. Philosophy. Translated from the Slovak by David Short. Illustrations by Viktor Kopasz. Heralded by Joshua Cohen as "The Aphorism Master," Róbert Gál revives the forgotten art of the philo-poetic line with vicious wit and tremendous dexterity. NAKED THOUGHTS—his fourth book to be translated into English—is at once incendiary and revelatory, surprising and instinctual, defiant and delicate, and dares to pursue and give expression to those fugitive inspirations of the mind whose very beauty relies on their performance of contention with the structures of meaning by which they are snared and signified. Weighing the balance between the intensity of emotion and patient contemplation, NAKED THOUGHTS is a book that will satisfy voyeurs and arsonists.
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Róbert Gál was born in 1968 in Bratislava, Slovakia, and, after a period of study and itinerancy in Trnava, Brno, New York, Jerusalem, and Berlin, currently resides in Prague. He is the author of several books of aphorisms, fiction, and philosophical fragments available in English translation, including NAKED THOUGHTS (Black Sun Lit, 2019), Agnomia (Dalkey Archive Press, 2018), On Wing (Dalkey Archive Press, 2015), and Signs & Symptoms (Twisted Spoon Press, 2003).Author City: PRAGUE CZE