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Letters to Poseidon

(2014)
A non fiction book by

 
 
It is said that during his abortive campaign to invade Britannia, the infamous Roman emperor Caligula ordered his legions into the surf to attack Poseidon and claim seashells as trophies of war. Cees Nooteboom is considerably more thoughtful in his relationship with the god of the sea. As autumn falls each year, Nooteboom writes Poseidon a letter requesting permission to return to his home in Minorca the following spring.

Of course, it would be the height of discourtesy if Nooteboom's letters were no more than a series of demands. So Cees takes the opportunity to seek the wisdom of the trident-wielding deity, and to offer the god updates about his own life and thoughts.

At once playful and poignant, beautiful and at times slightly bizarre, this masterful exploration of humankind's relationship with the sea uses the minutiae of everyday life to illuminate the broadest questions of human existence, all couched in the lapidary prose of one of Europe's outstanding stylists.



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January 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: Letters to Poseidon
Author(s): Cees Nooteboom
ISBN: 1-62365-914-0 / 978-1-62365-914-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
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September 2014 : UK Hardback
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Title: Letters To Poseidon
Author(s): Cees Nooteboom
ISBN: 0-85705-275-6 / 978-0-85705-275-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
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Paperback Editions

August 2015 : USA Paperback

Title: Letters to Poseidon
Author(s): Cees Nooteboom
ISBN: 1-62365-862-4 / 978-1-62365-862-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
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March 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Letters To Poseidon
Author(s): Cees Nooteboom
ISBN: 1-78206-620-9 / 978-1-78206-620-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
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November 2014 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Letters To Poseidon
Author(s): Cees Nooteboom
Publisher: MacLehose Press
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November 2014 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Letters To Poseidon
Author(s): Cees Nooteboom
Publisher: MacLehose Press
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