Berlin-Hamlet

Berlin-Hamlet

Book - 2016
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Shortlisted for the 2017 National Translation Award in Poetry and the 2017 Best Translated Book Award in Poetry

Before his tragic death, Szil#65533;rd Borb#65533;ly had gained a name as one of Europe's most searching new poets. Berlin-Hamlet --one of his major works--evokes a stroll through the phantasmagoric shopping arcades described in Walter Benjamin's Arcades Project, but instead of the delirious image fragments of nineteenth-century European culture, we pass by disembodied scraps of written text, remnants as ghostly as their authors: primarily Franz Kafka but also Benjamin himself or the Hungarian poets Attila J#65533;zsef or Erno Sz#65533;p. Paraphrases and reworked quotations, drawing upon the vanished prewar legacy, particularly its German Jewish aspects, appear in sharp juxtaposition with images of post-1989 Berlin frantically rebuilding itself in the wake of German reunification.
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, 2016.
ISBN: 9781681370545
1681370549
Branch Call Number: 894.5111 BORBELY
Characteristics: 101 pages ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: Mulzet, Ottilie - Translator

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