Poems of Nazim Hikmet

ISBN-10: 0892552743
ISBN-13: 9780892552740
Edition: 2nd 2002 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Persea Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/17/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Nazim Hikmet was born in Salonika. After participating in the Struggle for National Independence, he taught school for a brief period and then studied economics and sociology in Moscow (1922--34). After returning to Turkey, he worked as a journalist and in a film studio. He was in continual trouble with the Turkish authorities during the thirties because of his adherence to communism, and in 1938 he was sentenced to a 20-year term in prison. Released in 1950---partly because of world opinion---he left Turkey and lived in exile until his death in 1963. Hikmet's poetry (he also wrote plays) represents a complete break with the traditional heritage and a full acceptance of occidental models. Much of his work was inspired outside of Turkey and reached a universal dimension; nevertheless, the land and people of Turkey figure prominently as sources of inspiration. He has been especially well received in France via translation. Ironically, most of his work has appeared in Turkey only since his death.

Randy Blasing, a former National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellow, is the author of seven books of poetry, including Choice Words: Poems 1970-2005. He is also the eminent translator, alongside Mutlu Konuk, of the renowned Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet. He lives in Lincoln, Rhode Island.

Translators' Preface
Foreword
Introduction
About My Poetry
Regarding Art
Gioconda and Si-Ya-U
A Spring Piece Left in the Middle
On Shirts, Pants, Cloth Caps, and Felt Hats
Letter to My Wife
The Epic of Sheik Bedreddin
Hymn to Life
Letters from a Man in Solitary
On Death Again
Istanbul House of Detention
Hello
Letters from Chankiri Prison
A Strange Feeling
On the Twentieth Century
Letter from My Wife
9-10 P.M. Poems
Ninth Anniversary
Hazel Are My Lady's Eyes
Rubaiyat
Since I Was Thrown Inside
I Love You
On Ibrahim Balaban's Painting "Spring"
About Mount Uludagh
The Strangest Creature on Earth
On Living
It's This Way
Angina Pectoris
Occupation
You're
I Made a Journey
About Your Hands and Lies
Some Advice to Those Who Will Serve Time in Prison
On the Matter of Romeo and Juliet
Sadness
On Ibrahim Balaban's Painting "The Prison Gates"
After Getting Out of Prison
You
Last Will and Testament
To Lydia Ivanna
The Mailman
Message
About the Sea
Last Letter to My Son
Letter from Istanbul
In the Snowy Night Woods
New Year's Eve
Elegy for Satan
Faust's House
Prague Dawn
Noon in Prague
Optimistic Prague
To Samet Vurgun
I Got a Letter from Munevver Saying
I Wrote a Letter to Munevver Saying
From Sofia
Bor Hotel
The Balcony
The Last Bus
This Thing Called Prague
Some Memories
Optimism
Thirty Years Ago
A Fable of Fables
Bach's Concerto No. 1 in C Minor
Conversation with Dead Nezval
Elegy for Mikhail Refili
Early Fall
The Bees
Windows
The Old Man on the Shore
The Optimist
Because
This Journey
The Icebreaker
Two Loves
Waitress
To Vera
Early Light
Baku at Night
The Cucumber
My Woman
Vera Waking
Separation
Loving You
Because of You
Suddenly
Six O'Clock
About Us
Straw-Blond
Untitled
Falling Leaves
Welcome
Autobiography
Things I Didn't Know I Loved
I Stepped Out of My Thoughts of Death
I'm Getting Used to Growing Old
Berlin Letters
My Funeral
Vera
Notes

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