Res Publica, Book One

Res Publica, Book One, by ZireauxRes Publica, Book One, A Novel in Verse (Paperback, 288 pages)
by Zireaux
with an introduction and footnotes by Bernardo Winson, Ph.D.
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Product Description
Item#: ISBN9780473131937
Language: English
Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.5 inches
Res Publica is the story of “seven years and fifty weeks” in the life of Arcady Robinson, an intelligent, gifted, recently married — and recently disillusioned — young poet who one day makes a revolutionary discovery at longitude 175 58′.35E, latitude 36 16′.10S, off the eastern coast of New Zealand.

Praise for Zireaux’s recently published novel-in-verse, Res Publica:

“Very quirky, very literary, rather sophisticated, clever and funny — altogether enjoyable.”
— C.K. Stead

“A tour de force — almost perhaps, a tour d’addresse — after the manner of Lord George Byron’s Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage (1812-1818) and more particularly, Don Juan (1819-24)….Zireaux presents us with an irreverent wisdom directed against conventional values and the politico-social system.”
— Alistair Paterson
Editor, Poetry New Zealand Magazine

“Some of Zireaux’s rhymes have a twinkling ingenuity not unworthy of Byron, W S Gilbert or Cole Porter: Mona [Lisa]/persona, tingle/commingle, muscular/crepuscular, Kerouac/Alamanac, greed/Mr. Sayeed. But what impresses most of all is his ability to sustain the flow over dozens of stanzas, sounding natural, indeed conversational. Nor is his work just an exercise in antiquarianism…Zireaux is thoroughly contemporary — with references to NASA satellite photographs, KFC, Viagra, Clinique cosmetics, Pamela Anderson’s breast implants, Martha Stewart’s imprisonment, Tim Tam biscuits, Gavin Menzies’ theory that the Chinese discovered New Zealand centuries before Europeans, and other current fads and foibles….[Zireaux] captivates with a singular charm.” 
— Iain Sharpe
Book reviewer for New Zealand’s Sunday Star Times

“Seldom does Radio New Zealand really ‘do’ poetry or verse even on a small scale — there really does need to be a very good reason to risk it. So the fact that we’ve just recorded the 10-part adaptation of the epic verse novel Res Publica (Book One) is extraordinary. But then the work itself is extraordinary and is, effectively, its own good reason.” 
— Adam Macaulay
Executive Producer of Drama for Radio NZ