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Charon's Ferry: Fifty Poems
     

Charon's Ferry: Fifty Poems

by Gyula Illyes, Bruce Berlind (Translator), Bruce Berlind (Translator), Andrew Wachtel (Editor)
 

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At the heart of this collection are those themes that interested and inspired Gyula Illyes throughout his life: cultural values, Hungarian history, and the legacy of suppression and survival. While much of Illyes's work resonates politically, the collection is characterized by a startling intimacy, a closeness to nature, and an unbounded love for the underdog. Bruce

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At the heart of this collection are those themes that interested and inspired Gyula Illyes throughout his life: cultural values, Hungarian history, and the legacy of suppression and survival. While much of Illyes's work resonates politically, the collection is characterized by a startling intimacy, a closeness to nature, and an unbounded love for the underdog. Bruce Berlind's elegant translation captures Illyes's lyricism and imagery, successfully imparting the wisdom that established the poet as "the conscience of his people."

About the Author:
Gyula Imes was one of Hungary's premier cultural figures: poet, novelist, playwright, editor, translator, and literary and cultural historian. His poems (translated by Bruce Berlind) have appeared in many journals, including Connecticut Poetry Review, PEN International, Poetry East, and Webster Review. He is the author of What You Have Almost Forgotten: Selected Poems of Gyula Illyes. He died in 1983.

Bruce Berlind is the translator of Birds and Other Relations: Selected Poetry of Dezo Tandori (Princeton, 1987). He lives in upstate New York.

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"A people's poet...Hats off to Berlind for putting this moving, accessible, unsimplistic poet on the map of America's literary consciousness." —Booklist

"A leader among 'populist writers'...a poet who will appeal to sensitive readers of any place and any time." —World Literature Today

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810117990
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Publication date:
12/27/2000
Series:
Writings from an Unbound Europe Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
75
Product dimensions:
4.75(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.33(d)

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Gyula Illyés (1902-83) was one of Hungary's premier cultural figures: poet, novelist, playwright, editor, translator, and literary and cultural historian. His poems have appeared in many journals, including Connecticut Poetry Review, PEN International, Poetry East, and Webster Review. He is the editor of Once upon a Time: Forty Hungarian Folk-Tales and the author of the novel People of the Puszta and What You Have Almost Forgotten: Selected Poems of Gyula Illyés.

Bruce Berlind is the translator of Birds and Other Relations: Selected Poetry of Dezsö Tandori. He lives in upstate New York.  

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