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Published: 17 February 1994

544 Pages

5-5/16 x 8 inches

ISBN: 9780195086362

Bookseller Code (06)

Contemporary East European Poetry

An Anthology

Edited by Emery George

Providing a unique window into a poetic tradition little known and little understood in the West, Contemporary East European Poetry features one hundred and sixty poets from ten countries, with works translated from fifteen languages. Emery George, himself a distinguished poet and translator, here brings together over five hundred poems, expertly rendered into beautiful English verse by an international group of translators, often working in collaboration with the original author. Represented are poets from many walks of life, contrasting religious and political outlooks, those working at home and in exile, and most importantly, poets who work in a wide variety of styles--from traditional forms to the most up-to-date experimental modes. Here are tightly woven Petrarchan sonnets and elegant dramatic monologues alongside the free-verse and mathematical experiments of a new generation. In these pages readers will find Nobel laureates (Czeslaw Milosz, Jaroslav Seifert), major poets (Peter Huchel, Vasko Popa), translators of global stature (Michael Hamburger, Ewald Osers), as well as poets virtually unknown in the West. New to this edition is the work of thirty-two young poets (one born as recently as 1972) representing eight distinct cultures and a whole new view of life in the former Eastern Bloc. Also included are informative introductions to all selections and biographical sketches of each poet.
There is no other volume available that even approaches the scope of Contemporary East European Poetry. For lovers of poetry and literature, and for those simply interested in a rich tradition so long cut off from the world at large, it offers a wealth of insights and opportunities for discovery.