After the book of poems inspired by Finland, here
are Acsai's Norwegian poems. A fjord and a vaguely perceptible
figure inside the fjord; a whale; cold-blooded rocks; the place where
Wittgenstein’s house once stood in Norway. And the empty place where
Wittgenstein’s intellectual independence and daring once stood in
In 1944 Pilinszky was called up to the
Hungarian army and soon afterwards evacuated with his unit to Germany.
He never saw action, but in a Germany on the verge of defeat he
witnessed apocalyptic scenes. "The French Prisoner" is a testimony to those experiences. - George Gömöri's and Clive Wilmer's choice.
Originally published in 1985 and republished in 2010 to great critical acclaim, Szilárd Rubin's "Roman Numeral One" is a poetic recollection of an impossible love story between a middle-aged writer who "has grown old but has never managed to grow up", and an enigmatic, fiercely independent and frivolous dentist called Piroska.
No, my friends, heaven is not ocean-sized. It’s smaller. Significantly
smaller. It’s the seaside I saw, and on the seaside a curtsying willow,
and under that willow, a family.
Oh, the family, we teetered, how utterly romantic, the smallest
social unit, ha-ha!, the mainstay of the government’s concerns, he-he!
No, we were not satisfied with Creation. Hold your horses, Esti waved as
if he were our brother, the nincompoop.