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A Fine Line: New Poetry from Eastern and Central Europe

A Fine Line: New Poetry from Eastern and Central Europe

ed. Jean Boase-Beier, Alexandra Büchler, Fiona Sampson

Parallel text English & Bulgarian / Czech / Estonian / Hungarian / Latvian / Lithuanian / Polish / Romanian / Slovak / Slovene

With a preface by Vaclav Havel

Georgi Gospodinov and Nadya Radulova (Bulgaria),
Petr Borkovec and Kateřina Rudčenková; (Czech Republic),
Kristiina Ehin and Asko Künnap (Estonia),
János Térey and Krisztina Tóth (Hungary),
Karlis Verdinš and Sergei Timofeyev (Latvia),
Daiva Cepauskaite and Rimvydas Stankevicius (Lithuania),
Agnieszka Kuciak and Edward Pasewicz (Poland),
Emilian Galaicu-Paun and Ioana Nicolaie (Romania),
Katarí­na Kucbelová; and Martin Solotruk (Slovakia),
Primoz Cucnik and Taja Kramberger (Slovenia)

Part of our Anthologies in Translation series edited by Jean Boase-Beier

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.

Neal Ascherson

270 pages

ISBN 1 900072 97 1
Published January 2004

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