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Poems Before and After: Collected English Translations Paperback – 1 Aug 1997

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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd (1 Aug. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852241225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852241223
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 639,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Tuffin on 9 Jun. 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a really excellent overview of Holub's poetry. I bought my copy around ten years ago, and it still feels like a mainstay of my collection.
This isn't, I don't suppose, a particularly illuminating review. I'm not about to try to describe Holub's work. What I will say is this.... if you're a fan, or want to learn more about him, then this is definatley the collection to buy. It's one of those few poetry books that you feel you've actually got a bargain with. It feels substantial.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Too much of a great thing. 20 May 2005
By Robert Beveridge - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Miroslav Holub, Poems Before and After (Bloodaxe Books, 1990)

Surrealism is rather like Death by Chocolate. It's great in small doses, but if you get too much at once, you're going to get sick. Poems Before and After, which is for all intents and purposes the Collected Translations up to 1990, is verging on the too much.

Miroslav Holub is a brilliant writer, one of the same generation of Eastern European writers that produced poetic giants Charles Simic and Vladimir Holan. And Holub's best work easily stands with Return to a Place Lit by a Glass of Milk or A Night with Hamlet (see, e.g., Vanishing Lung Syndrome). And there's no denying that the work here is, for the most part, fantastic. Absolutely lovely stuff. But there's so much of it, and Holub's work is so dense, that the reader is best advised to read this book over a space of months, dipping into it now and again before retreating and mulling over what he's read. This is one for your permanent collection; you'll be going back to it over the space of years. However, if you're a Holub newbie, as most folks are, you're probably best advised to start with one of the single collections and work your way up to this one. *** ½
so fine 20 Feb. 2014
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Holub in many respects is a poet's poet. A deep, reflective sensibility that circles his subject and then incisively cuts to the quick. There is quite a large group of European poets who because of their cultural and historical axis occupy a special place in the twentieth century. Their experience and their vision tells us almost too much about ourselves. Holub should be read in bits and pieces. Absorbed and then re-read. So much better than a Transformer.
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