Birds and Other Relations: Selected Poetry of Dezo Tandori

Birds and Other Relations: Selected Poetry of Dezo Tandori

Dezső Tandori
TRANSLATED BY BRUCE BERLIND
Copyright Date: 1986
Pages: 171
https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt7ztgv7
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    Birds and Other Relations: Selected Poetry of Dezo Tandori
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    Born in Budapest in 1938, Dezso Tandori is a novelist, playwright, translator, and graphic artist, as well as one of Hungary's most celebrated poets. Here is a booklength selection of his work. Brilliantly eccentric, and characterized by an astonishing formal dexterity, these poems address fundamental issues: the effort to establish personal identity in an impersonal world, the conflicting demands--private, social, and historical--that provide the texture of a lived moment, and the necessity of affirmation that finds its locus in the act of writing.

    Originally published in 1987.

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    eISBN: 978-1-4008-5836-1
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-viii)
  3. INTRODUCTION
    (pp. ix-xii)
    Bruce Berlind

    Dezső Tandori was born in Budapest in 1938. He is a poet, playwright, novelist, graphic artist, and translator from a score of literatures. (A standard observation is that a Tandori translation usually excels the original.) As a poet, he is technically brilliant, formally versatile, elliptical, erratic, difficult, uncannily prolific, and—not least—controversial. To many Hungarians he is an exasperating enigma; to many others he is the chief poet of his generation. His poems are characterized by a perverse use of rhymes (where they appear), of enjambment, punctuation, and syntax; by a periodic violation of conventional parts of speech (e.g.,...

  4. I
  5. II
  6. Back Matter
    (pp. 155-158)