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Miklos Radnoti (1909-1944), whose work beautifully combines colloquial modernism with Virgilian classicism, is best known internationally as one of the great poets of the Holocaust: his final, harrowing poems were recovered from a notebook found on his body upon exhumation from a mass grave in 1946. But while he is certainly one of the key literary chroniclers of the Holoc ...more
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Published September 17th 2014 by New American Press
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The poems in this collection range from Radnoti’s early love poems to meditations on his impending death in a forced labor camp. Running through all is the theme of survival, and of living and loving, even while despairing. This begins with his birth, which his mother and twin brother did not survive:

“…but there, amid the blood and crying out
they lifted me toward the light –
the winner! A little beast of human kind
that had already shown its worth,
leaving two dead behind.”

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Miklós Radnóti, birth name Miklós Glatter, was a Hungarian poet who fell victim to the Holocaust.

Radnóti was born into an assimilated Jewish family. His life was considerably shaped by the fact that both his mother and his twin brother died at his birth. He refers to this trauma in the title of his compilation Ikrek hava ("Month of Gemini"/"Month of the Twins").

Though in his last years, Hungarian
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