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Stone Sleeper / Mak Dizdar

£9.95
19 Nov 2009
Inspired by tombstones and their inscriptions, Mak Dizdar's rich and haunting poems in "Stone Sleeper", his most famous work, are a journey into the mysterious heart of medieval Bosnia. The poems form a three-way dialogue between the modern poet, the Christian heretics awaiting Judgement Day beneath their enigmatically-carved tombstones, and the heretic-hunters. Beneath the local and temporal, Dizdar explores universal issues: the value of resistance, though it might be futile; of faith, though it might be illusory; and, of life, though it ends in death. Francis R Jones' inventive and beautiful translations convey his deep understanding of Dizdar's purpose. In addition a penetrating analysis of "Stone Sleeper"'s historical, religious and spiritual background is given by the distinguished scholar Rusmir Mahmutaehajic, whose book "Across the Water: On the Poetry of Mak Dizdar" is published by Fordham University Press.
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Anvil Press Poetry (19 Nov 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0856463973
ISBN-13: 978-0856463976
Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 13.5 x 21 cm
19 Nov 2009
Inspired by tombstones and their inscriptions, Mak Dizdar's rich and haunting poems in "Stone Sleeper", his most famous work, are a journey into the mysterious heart of medieval Bosnia. The poems form a three-way dialogue between the modern poet, the Christian heretics awaiting Judgement Day beneath their enigmatically-carved tombstones, and the heretic-hunters. Beneath the local and temporal, Dizdar explores universal issues: the value of resistance, though it might be futile; of faith, though it might be illusory; and, of life, though it ends in death. Francis R Jones' inventive and beautiful translations convey his deep understanding of Dizdar's purpose. In addition a penetrating analysis of "Stone Sleeper"'s historical, religious and spiritual background is given by the distinguished scholar Rusmir Mahmutaehajic, whose book "Across the Water: On the Poetry of Mak Dizdar" is published by Fordham University Press.
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Anvil Press Poetry (19 Nov 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0856463973
ISBN-13: 978-0856463976
Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 13.5 x 21 cm