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Poetry. Translated from the Macedonian by P.H. Liotta. "Bogomil Gjuzel [pronounced Dzyuzel] is Macedonia's greatest living poet. The publication of these fine translations illustrates how the sense of living in tragic times permeates Gjuzel's work. What makes these poems especially moving is their sense of impending doom, the increasing despair and hopelessness in the face of ever-new injustices and sufferings for which there's no easy answer . . . Only in lyric poetry, as fine as Gjuzel's, can a reliable historical record be found of what it is like to live with great evil"-from the Introduction by Charles Simic. The poems in THE WOLF AT THE DOOR constitute a poetic cycle and constitute a search for roots, humanity and survival in the gloom of recent Balkan history. "Grow, my child;/ grow, little eucalyptus,// in other worlds,/ beneath other skies// where the sun rises/ as it rises here"-from "Nostalgia."
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Bogomil Gjuzel (pronounced "Dzhyuzel") is recognized as Macedonia's greatest living poet. He graduated from Skopje's Cyril and Methodios University in 1963 with a double major in English language and literature, and pursued further study at the University of Edinburgh from 1964-1965. He served as Poet-in-Residence from 1972-1973 at the Iowa International Writers' Workshop. He has translated Auden, Dickinson, Eliot and contemporary American poets as various as Charles Simic and Louis Simpson, and also translated and staged numerous productions of Shakespeare. In 1999, he became acting director of Macedonia's international poetry festival, the Struga Poetry Evenings. Despite the ravages of war in Kosovo and the disruption of Macedonia's internal stability, the festival at Struga - thanks largely to Gjuzel's efforts - continues to be a flourishing and prestigious event. He is married to the poet Liljana Dirjan. They have a son, Borjan, to whom is dedicated the third section of THE WOLF AT THE DOOR.Language Notes:
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Macedonian
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Book Description Xenos Books, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1879378450