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Charon's Ferry: Fifty Poems

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810117990
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2000
  • Series: Writings from an Unbound Europe Series
  • 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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Table of Contents


Translator's Acknowledgments
Translator's Introduction

I . . . Rocking . . . 

Flood
Hope in the Air
The Last Home
Charon's Ferry
In a Blacksmith's House on the Puszta
White
Photograph
Crows
Evening Song
The Found Caravan Diary
Termites
The Salvation of the Damned
The Year Drops Anchor, Tihany
Grip
Ebb Tide
Successful Effort
World Collapse
There Will Be No War

II     One Sentence on Tyranny

One Sentence on Tyranny

III    Nothingness Is Nearing

Consternation
Postcard from the Provinces
On the World of Faith
A Nest for Seasons in the Concrete Jungle
Procession in the Fog
Phoenix
Christian Humanity
World Order
You Could Have Spotted Me
With a Stranger
Scene from a Drama
The Final Journey of the Leaves
Under the Ice-Bright Moon
To Those Who Dread War
Two Flashes in the Past
Transformed Regions
Unsteadily
The Persecuted
From a Philosopher's Insights
Nothingness Is Nearing
On a Private Golgotha
Hearty Welcome
In the Armchair of Creaking Bones
Execrable Cold
Man and Mob
Omnipotence
[My wife had two walls one brick thick]
Generals, Victory
Elephant Cemetary
You Urged Me On
[How shall I end?]

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