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Review with the complexity of experience as it plays on individual characters, as seen from the perspective of an outsider-observer. -- Eastern Daily Press, January 19, 2005

He frequently finds himself questioning the nature of human existence...rarely has it found such profound and direct expression. -- Scottish Sunday Herald, January 30, 2005

Szirtes is increasingly revealed as a major English poet. -- Hugh Macpherson, Poetry Review

a brilliantly virtuosic collection of deeply felt poems concerned with the personal impact of the dislocations. -- BBC, 18 January 2005

his poetry gives lasting utterance to experiences which poetry must engage with -- John Lucas, New Statesman

‘A major contribution to post-war literature… -- Anne Stevenson, Poetry Review

About the Author

george szirtes was born in Budapest in 1948, and came to England with his family after the 1956 Hungarian uprising. He was educated in England, training as a painter, and has always written in English. In recent years he has worked as a translator of Hungarian literature, producing editions of such writers as Otto Orban and Zsuzsa Rakovszky, the latest being The Night of Akhenaton by Agnes Nemes Nagy from Bloodaxe in 2004. He also co-edited Bloodaxe's Hungarian anthology The Colonnade of Teeth. After four collections with Secker and five with OUP, he moved to Bloodaxe, publishing his Hungarian retrospective The Budapest File in 2000 and An English Apocalypse in 2001. He lives in Norfolk and teaches at Norwich School of Art and Design and the University of East Anglia.

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