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Tractatus Philosophico-Poeticus
Published 2019, 39 pages


Forlaget Vandkunsten

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Tractatus Philosophico-Poeticus

Tractatus Philosophico-Poeticus is a lyrical re-imagination of Wittgenstein’s philosophical work of 1922. In his treatise Wittgenstein wished to marry logic with philosophy; in hers, Signe Gjessing marries philosophy with poetry, by virtue of lyrical expressions composed in the creation of an imaginary world. This is literary art par excellence, written with erudite wit. Gjessing’s book has been showered with acclaim and nominated for Weekendavisen’s Literary Award with the following motivation from the judges: „The universe as a gardener!
This is brilliant, and so is Signe Gjessing. It is not unthinkable that Gjessing is a talent on par with Inger Christensen.”


About the author 

Signe Gjessing (b. 1992) read theology and philosophy and graduated from the Danish Writer’s School in 2014. She made her debut with the poetry collection Ud i det u-løse (Out in dissolution) in 2014, for which she received Denmark’s most prestigious prize for debutantes.
She has published several collections of poetry, as well as the novella Synet og vennen (The Vision and the Friend). Her style bears its own logic, which plumbs the conditions of life on earth and explores the systems of knowledge.

Text translated by Lin Falk van Rooyen