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What I Read to the Dead free pdf Marcel Weyland's translation of poetry and prose by Polish Jewish poet Wladyslaw Szlengel is a landmark in Australian publishing. It is essential in bringing to Australian readers a remarkable voice not only of witness, but also of passionate and committed cultural and spiritual resistance. Nazi persecution of Polish Jews is tracked from before the war through to the horrific destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto. This is a poetry so necessary, so remarkable, that it is painful to read and experience. It should be. Weyland superbly captures the equivocations of Wladyslaw Szlengel's voice, as it moves from the wishful to the ironic, from the playful in the face of persecution and torment, the spirit of a people undimmed no matter the horror they collectively and individually experience, to death-confronting witness. And in doing this, Szlengel never lessens the gravity of the persecution in his telling. Through the poet, the voices of those suffering speak, as if he might have all voices going at once through the meeting-house of his poetry. This is a traumatic documentation in poetry, but one that impels us to consider who we are, and what our responsibilities to each other are. The final piece in the collection is a stunning and deeply disturbing piece of poetic prose that comes from the very edge of death, of murder, on murder. It ends: Read it.This is our history.This is what I read to the dead.

About Marcel Weyland

Marcel Weyland was born in Lodz, Poland in 1927. He came to Australia as a war refugee in 1946, has graduated and practised as an architect, and has since also obtained a law degree. He is held in high regard as translator and interpreter of Polish poetry. His previous translations were Adam Mickiewicz's Pan Tadeusz published by Verand Press in 2004 and by Begell House, New York in 2005, Echoes, Poems of the Holocaust, Verand Press 2007 and The Word: 200 Years of Polish Poetry, Brandl

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Author : Marcel Weyland
Publisher : Brandl
Data Published : 01 August 2012
ISBN : 1921556331
EAN : 9781921556333
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 256 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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