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Oranges and Snow: Selected Poems of Milan Djordjevic (Facing Pages)

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Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic has done more than anyone since Czeslaw Milosz to introduce English-language readers to the greatest modern Slavic poets. In Oranges and Snow, Simic continues this work with his translations of one of today's finest Serbian poets, Milan Djordjevic. An encounter between two poets and two languages, this bilingual edition--the first selection of Djordjevic's work to appear in English--features Simic's translations and the Serbian originals on facing pages. Simic, a native Serbian speaker, has selected some forty-five of Djordjevic's best poems and provides an introduction in which he discusses the poet's work, as well as the challenges of translation.

Djordjevic, who was born in Belgrade in 1954, is a poet who gives equal weight to imagination and reality. This book ranges across his entire career to date. His earliest poems can deal with something as commonplace as a bulb of garlic, a potato, or an overcoat fallen on the floor. Later poems, often dreamlike and surreal, recount his travels in Germany, France, and England. His recent poems are more autobiographical and realistic and reflect a personal tragedy. Confined to his house after being hit and nearly killed by a car while crossing a Belgrade street in 2007, the poet writes of his humble surroundings, the cats that come to his door, the birds he sees through his window, and the copies of one of his own books that he once burnt to keep warm.

Whatever their subject, Djordjevic's poems are beautiful, original, and always lyrical.

Synopsis:

"Charles Simic's superbly able, balanced translations of the Serbian poet Milan Djordjevic are a double-revelation. Here stands Djordjevic, a new poet--dark, antic, and mournful--for English-language readers. And here, at the same time, is Simic, a familiar but ever more esteemed presence--mournful, antic, dark--standing in a bewitchingly altered light."--Nicholas Jenkins, Stanford University

"Charles Simic has translated the work of the major Serbian poet Milan Djordjevic into wonderful poems in English. From the opening poem we know we are in the hands of a master: Djordjevic keeps the stakes high as the poems fan out from the daily to the political and metaphysical. Image, tone, and metaphor combine to create an imaginatively striking voice. This is a distinguished translation by a distinguished poet."--Ira Sadoff, author of Barter: Poems

"I've read a lot of contemporary poetry in translation, but I have never read a poet quite like Milan Djordjevic. The poems Charles Simic translates here display a strange, engaging, and darkly playful imagination."--Jonathan Aaron, author of Journey to the Lost City: Poems

Synopsis:

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic has done more than anyone since Czeslaw Milosz to introduce English-language readers to the greatest modern Slavic poets. In Oranges and Snow, Simic continues this work with his translations of one of today's finest Serbian poets, Milan Djordjevic. An encounter between two poets and two languages, this bilingual edition--the first selection of Djordjevic's work to appear in English--features Simic's translations and the Serbian originals on facing pages. Simic, a native Serbian speaker, has selected some forty-five of Djordjevic's best poems and provides an introduction in which he discusses the poet's work, as well as the challenges of translation.

Djordjevic, who was born in Belgrade in 1954, is a poet who gives equal weight to imagination and reality. This book ranges across his entire career to date. His earliest poems can deal with something as commonplace as a bulb of garlic, a potato, or an overcoat fallen on the floor. Later poems, often dreamlike and surreal, recount his travels in Germany, France, and England. His recent poems are more autobiographical and realistic and reflect a personal tragedy. Confined to his house after being hit and nearly killed by a car while crossing a Belgrade street in 2007, the poet writes of his humble surroundings, the cats that come to his door, the birds he sees through his window, and the copies of one of his own books that he once burnt to keep warm.

Whatever their subject, Djordjevic's poems are beautiful, original, and always lyrical.

About the Author

Charles Simic is a poet, essayist, and translator who has won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Wallace Stevens Award, and a MacArthur Fellowship. From 2007 to 2008 he was U.S. Poet Laureate. A native Serbian speaker, he has published English translations of many poets from the former Yugoslavia.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part I

2 Kaput

Overcoat 3

4 Kisa bi da se ubije

The Rain Wants to Kill Itself 5

6 Prah, sve je prah

Dust, All Is Dust 7

8 Krompir

Spud 9

10 Beli luk

Garlic 11

12 Galilejeva tema

Galileo's Theme 13

14 San

The Dream 15

16 Veliko i malo

Great and Small 17

18 Plovidba

Sea Voyage 19

20 Staza

A Path 21

22 Hleb

Bread 23

24 Tisina i sneg

Silence and Snow 25

26 Mala radost

Little Joy 27

28 Akvarijum

Aquarium 29

30 Varvari

Barbarians 31

Part II

34 Pohvala Dzeni Dzejmson

In Praise of Jenna Jameson 35

38 Ahen

Aachen 39

42 Budjenje

Waking 43

44 Oblaci

Clouds 45

48 Odgovori

Answers 49

50 Suton

Dusk 51

52 Igra

The Game 53

54 Ugljenisana mandarina

Charred Tangerine 55

56 Stvarnost

Reality 57

58 Pauci

Spiders 59

60 Mravi

Ants 61

62 Usvojeni

The Adopted 63

64 Golubovi

Two Pigeons 65

66 Anzelm Kiefer

Anselm Kiefer 67

70 Vrana

Crow 71

Part III

74 Melanholija i tajna ulice

Melancholy and Secret of the Street 75

76 Samo?a

Solitude 77

78 O Sudbini

Regarding Fate 79

80 Spaljivanje knjiga

Book Burning 81

82 Gospodin Slu?aj

Mr. Accident 83

86 Dani

Days 87

88 Pomorandza

Orange 89

90 Pored okeana

Next to the Ocean 91

92 Beli?asti oblaci

White Clouds 93

94 Gundelji

Flying Beetles 95

96 Dzpni sat

Pocket Watch 97

98 Trave sa Tibeta i sa Himalaja

Herbs from Tibet and the Himalayas 99

100 Ljubavna pesma

Love Poem 101

104 Pobunjeni ?ovek

A Man in a State of Rebellion 105

108 Usahli grad

Wilted City 109

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691142463
Author:
Djordjevic, Milan
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Editor:
Simic, Charles
Author:
Simic, Charles
Author:
Djordjevi
Author:
Milan
Author:
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Author:
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Author:
Milan Djordjevi
Author:
263
Subject:
General
Subject:
Djordjevic, Milan
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Series:
Facing Pages
Publication Date:
20101121
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 12 oz

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"Synopsis" by , "Charles Simic's superbly able, balanced translations of the Serbian poet Milan Djordjevic are a double-revelation. Here stands Djordjevic, a new poet--dark, antic, and mournful--for English-language readers. And here, at the same time, is Simic, a familiar but ever more esteemed presence--mournful, antic, dark--standing in a bewitchingly altered light."--Nicholas Jenkins, Stanford University

"Charles Simic has translated the work of the major Serbian poet Milan Djordjevic into wonderful poems in English. From the opening poem we know we are in the hands of a master: Djordjevic keeps the stakes high as the poems fan out from the daily to the political and metaphysical. Image, tone, and metaphor combine to create an imaginatively striking voice. This is a distinguished translation by a distinguished poet."--Ira Sadoff, author of Barter: Poems

"I've read a lot of contemporary poetry in translation, but I have never read a poet quite like Milan Djordjevic. The poems Charles Simic translates here display a strange, engaging, and darkly playful imagination."--Jonathan Aaron, author of Journey to the Lost City: Poems

"Synopsis" by , Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic has done more than anyone since Czeslaw Milosz to introduce English-language readers to the greatest modern Slavic poets. In Oranges and Snow, Simic continues this work with his translations of one of today's finest Serbian poets, Milan Djordjevic. An encounter between two poets and two languages, this bilingual edition--the first selection of Djordjevic's work to appear in English--features Simic's translations and the Serbian originals on facing pages. Simic, a native Serbian speaker, has selected some forty-five of Djordjevic's best poems and provides an introduction in which he discusses the poet's work, as well as the challenges of translation.

Djordjevic, who was born in Belgrade in 1954, is a poet who gives equal weight to imagination and reality. This book ranges across his entire career to date. His earliest poems can deal with something as commonplace as a bulb of garlic, a potato, or an overcoat fallen on the floor. Later poems, often dreamlike and surreal, recount his travels in Germany, France, and England. His recent poems are more autobiographical and realistic and reflect a personal tragedy. Confined to his house after being hit and nearly killed by a car while crossing a Belgrade street in 2007, the poet writes of his humble surroundings, the cats that come to his door, the birds he sees through his window, and the copies of one of his own books that he once burnt to keep warm.

Whatever their subject, Djordjevic's poems are beautiful, original, and always lyrical.

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