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Birds and Other Relations
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Born in Budapest in 1938, Dezso Tandori is a novelist, playwright, translator, and graphic artist, as well as one of Hungary's most celebrated poets. Here is a booklength selection of his work. Brilliantly eccentric, and characterized by an astonishing formal dexterity, these poems address fundamental issues: the effort to establish personal identity in an impersonal world, the conflicting demands--private, social, and historical--that provide the texture of a lived moment, and the necessity of affirmation that finds its locus in the act of writing.

Originally published in 1987.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. I
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Application for a Constellation
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. Dice-Box Instead of Skull
  2. pp. 5-8
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  1. "And Quick, Mother? For I'm in a Rush? Where To??"
  2. pp. 9-12
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  1. What Should Be Known of the Same Thing
  2. pp. 13-16
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  1. For the Klee-Milne Sketchbook
  2. pp. 17-18
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  1. The Fencing Hall
  2. pp. 19-20
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  1. The Most Superfluous Question Nevertheless: "Why?"
  2. pp. 21-24
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  1. The Eternal Dwelling Place
  2. pp. 25-26
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  1. (Here Lies Stop E Stop E Stop Cummings)
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. Memorial Lines to Bertolt Brecht
  2. pp. 29-30
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  1. (1938- )
  2. pp. 31-34
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  1. Hommage ll
  2. pp. 35-36
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  1. Talisman
  2. pp. 37-38
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  1. (Maybe!): St. Severin Corner
  2. pp. 39-40
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  1. St. Severin Dies out of Context
  2. pp. 41-44
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  1. It Goes On
  2. pp. 45-46
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  1. And There Isn't
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. "Let's Buy Him an Alarm Clock... Oh, He Has One? Well, Then a Book."—"He Has That Too!"
  2. pp. 49-50
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  1. A Large Light Lights up Above My Head
  2. pp. 51-52
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  1. 1976715/b—In Two Ways: Never Yours
  2. pp. 53-54
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  1. 197672o/o—Everything's Clear
  2. pp. 55-56
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  1. It May Be the Beginning of a Long Cycle
  2. pp. 57-60
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  1. 197712/a
  2. pp. 61-62
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  1. 197712/f
  2. pp. 63-64
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  1. II
  2. pp. 65-66
  1. Van Gogh's Coffeehouse Terrace
  2. pp. 67-70
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  1. Riversides by the Impressionists
  2. pp. 71-76
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  1. Seurat: The Periphery
  2. pp. 77-80
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  1. Seurat: The "Bec Du Hoc"
  2. pp. 81-86
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  1. Camille Pissarro: Rue d'Amsterdam—1897
  2. pp. 87-88
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  1. Utrillo: "La Belle Gabrielle"
  2. pp. 89-90
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  1. Claude Monet's Terrace at Le Havre
  2. pp. 91-94
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  1. Four City-Studies
  2. pp. 95-104
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  1. The News-Angel
  2. pp. 105-108
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  1. Old Prologue
  2. pp. 109-110
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  1. Other Circles
  2. pp. 111-116
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  1. Excerpt from the Four Birds Blues
  2. pp. 117-120
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  1. The Very Same City
  2. pp. 121-126
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  1. At Peace with Myself
  2. pp. 127-130
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  1. The Christmas of Long Walks
  2. pp. 131-134
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  1. Visiting a Bird's Grave
  2. pp. 135-136
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  1. "The Sky of Long Summer Twilights"
  2. pp. 137-138
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  1. Tradoni, Stress on an Abandoned Place
  2. pp. 139-142
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  1. What Gets Lost in the Light
  2. pp. 143-146
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  1. The No-Hand
  2. pp. 147-150
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  1. "What Once Assumed a Marvelous Form"
  2. pp. 151-154
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  1. Series page
  2. pp. 155-156
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