• Image of GERMANIA | George Szirtes
  • Image of GERMANIA | George Szirtes
  • Image of GERMANIA | George Szirtes

What do we know of that shadowy nation, Germany? Our textbooks and philosophers have little to say. It is a land shrouded in mists, populated by men and women whose customs are unfamiliar and whom we should, were we ever to encounter one of these marvellous creatures, surely find strange and bizarre. In the fragments that comprise Germania, George Szirtes provides us with the most astute psychological, geographical, anthropological, and theological survey of Germany yet. Should the place be one day proven to exist, this is your guide.

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Dimensions: 154 mm x 115 mm
Cover 200gsm
Text 90gsm
28 pp.
Edition of 100, numbered.

We regret that signed copies are no longer available.

Germania can be ordered bundled with Langoustine (November 2013), Child Helga, and our forthcoming George Szirtes chapbook (Uncle Zoltán) and broadside (selections from "New Proverbs of Hell"). If you choose this option, you will receive Langoustine, Child Helga, and Germania in one package; the rest of the order will follow as the books are released. You will only receive an email confirming shipment of the initial shipment, but you can check our webshop for information on publication and estimated shipping dates as the books come out. All shipping besides Germania's is included in the price; shipping for Germania will be added at checkout. Delivery confirmation is not available on this option.

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George Szirtes was born in Budapest in 1948 and came to England as a refugee in 1956. He was brought up in London and studied Fine Art in London and Leeds. His poems began appearing in national magazines in 1973 and his first book, The Slant Door, was published in 1979. It won the Faber Memorial prize the following year. Since then he has published more than a dozen books. He won the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2005, for Reel.

Having returned to Budapest for the first time in 1984, he has since worked extensively as a translator of poems, novels, plays and essays. His own work has been translated into numerous languages. Beside his work in poetry and translation he has written Exercise of Power, a study of the artist Ana Maria Pacheco, and, together with Penelope Lively, edited New Writing 10, published by Picador in 2001.

George Szirtes lives near Norwich with his wife, the painter Clarissa Upchurch. Together they ran The Starwheel Press. In 2006, Corvina produced Budapest: Image, Poem, Film, their collaboration in poetry and visual work.

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