Description - In the Footsteps of Orpheus by Zsuzsanna Ozsvath
Mikl-s Radn-ti, a young Hungarian Jewish poet, was shot by German guards while on a forced march from Yugoslavia back to Hungary during the final days of World War II. When his body was discovered and exhumed nearly two years later, a small book of poems was found in his coat pocket. These poems, together with the rest of Rand-ti's work, solidified his reputation as one of Hungary's greatest poets. He shared the fate of many Jewish artists and intellectuals in Central Europe during the early part of the 20th century, but his poetry brings out a particular and personal view of the Holocaust in Hungary. His work plays a unique role in the history of Central European culture as some of the most beautiful poems ever written in Hungarian, as a voice against the rise of totalitarianism, and as testimony to the destruction of Europe's Jews. The author places Radn-ti within the context of the political and intellectual history of interwar Hungary, situating him as an artist who is both a Jew and a Hungarian patriot. Her sensitivity translations from the Hungarian lend poignancy to this tragic and forcefully told story.
This account of Radn-ti's life and work explores the sources of the poet's inspiration and imagery and restores it to its extreme times and places.
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(235mm x 156mm x mm)
Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
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Author Biography - Zsuzsanna Ozsvath
Zsuzsanna Ozsvath is Professor of Literature and the History of Ideas at the University of Texas at Dallas where she is also Director of the Holocaust Studies Program. She is co-editor and co-translator (with Frederick Turner) of Foamy Sky: The Major Poems of Miklos Radnoti and Attila Jozsef's, The Iron-Blue Vault: Selected Poetry.