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The Budapest File Paperback – 27 Jul 2000

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd (27 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185224531X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852245313
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,428,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although George Szirtes was born in Budapest, and spent his early childhood in Hungary before coming to England as a refugee, it wasn't until 1984 that he began to write about his native city, its history and the experience of leaving it. Through all his books since it has grown into a theme to which he returns to time and again, a spectral place full of 'voices, words, stenches, scents' and desire 'pulled like a tooth'.
This book gathers together his poems on Hungarian themes, exploring universal issues of loss, danger and exile.
The Budapest File is like no other book. Through these powerfully evocative poems, George Szirtes recreates a changing Budapest, from the city he remembered as a child, through the imaginative versions he created in exile, to the actual place he found on his return and after the fall of Communism. He writes as both an outsider, whose perspective is totally different from that of Hungarian writers translated into English, and as an insider, with an intimate knowledge and delicate understanding of a place which has always haunted his imagination.
'A major contribution to post-war literature.Using a painter-like collage of images to retrieve lost times, lives, cities and betrayed hopes, Szirtes weaves his personal and historical themes into work of profound psychological complexity' - ANNE Stevenson, Poetry Review
'George Szirtes has made a unique contribution to the debate about the insularity of contemporary English poetry. He has taken England into Europe.his triumph is in his ability to wring lyrical language from grim subjects without averting his eyes' - peter porter, Observer

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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Oct. 2001
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The Budapest File is a very unusual book. It is elegant and stark by turns, deeply formal yet deeply human. It's the collecting together of some thirty years writing around a theme, which is vividly yet somehow ghostly visual. The long poems are Szirtes at his best, like long weird journeys into the pretty dark heart of humankind. Well worth reading.
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