by Chris Faatz, March 17, 2008 12:17 PM
Nazim Hikmet is one of the truly great individual voices of the 20th century. His eminently readable poems speak of the tragedies of his life ? political repression, prison, the loss of love, poor health, and exile ? in the voices of the people of his Turkish fatherland. Hikmet's verse is deceptively straightforward and deeply informed by his principled opposition to oppression in any form. Whether they tell the tale of a train trip in the USSR or the story of a failed medieval slave revolt, these poems will grip you and move you in the way that only the greatest can.