A parallel-text anthology published by Arc Publications in association with the UK-based international organisation
Literature Across Frontiers, presenting the new poetic talent from ten Eastern and Central European countries.
This is wonderfully sovereign poetry. These writers were mostly students or even at school when their Communist regimes perished; the war and the post-war Stalinist terror happened to their grandparents. Their poise and their self-possession are startling; they seldom lament and have no interest in preaching. The encounter with Western abundance gives them fresh imagery, but also grounds for amusement and irony.
From their part of Europe, they bring a special joy in the natural and physical world, and also glittering metaphysical brilliance. This is a poetry of wit and complexity, never raw but always glowing with human feeling. As for the translators, it's impossible to praise them too highly. Imaginative, sensitive and yet loyal to the texts, it is they who have delivered this treasure intact to new readers.
ISBN 1 900072 97 1
Published 2004 About Jean Boase-Beier, Alexandra Büchler, Fiona Sampson »