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The Poetry of Survival: Post-War Poets of Central and Eastern Europe

4.79 of 5 stars 4.79  ·  rating details  ·  14 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Unknown Binding, 384 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by St. Martin's Press
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Liam Guilar
The Goodreads star system is inadequate for this one. It introduced me to a list of poets I would never have encountered otherwise. (It's the kind of brilliant anthology that results in far too much time and money being spent at There's a fine introduction, and then each of the 28 poets is introduced by a brief biographical note. There's also a section of conversations and essays at the end. How representative is the choice of poems from each poet i'm not fit to judge but none o ...more
Miggy Angel
Currently absorbed in this book, & the experience is a sobering one. This is an anthology of the work of that generation of European poets whose poetry appeared in the aftermath of the second world war, a conflict which delivered unprecedented destruction to the Central & Eastern Europe these poets hail from. We often speak about poetry as 'witness', & today are apt to read the testimonies of poets who have barely ventured beyond the comfort of their front steps. This book features t ...more
Kris Kipling
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The finest compilation of poetry I have ever come across. 20th century titans - Milosz, Brecht, Celan - along with less household figures (though precisely what strange household would one expect to find any of these odd, jangled east European names?): Holan, Huchel, Kocbek, Sachs (an unknown despite the Nobel Prize), Swir, Bobrowski, Rozewicz, Popa, Cas
In the early 90's this book introduced me to Amichai, Celan, Herbert, Milosz, Popa, and Szymborska. Great selection. Or in internet-speak "incredibly, amazing, unbelievably iconic selection."
This book is a great read!
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