Our Bearings At Sea : A Novel in Poems by Ott� Orb�n, translated by Jascha Kesslar
OUR BEARINGS AT SEA: A NOVEL IN POEMS, by Ott? Orb?n, translated from the Hungarian by Jascha Kessler (with Maria K?r?sy) is in purpose and effect an autobiography, written in prose poems, divided into thematic groups. Altogether, and upon reflection, it seems a montage and mosaic of the life of the poet from childhood on, remembered from the Siege of Budapest by the Soviet armies towards the last year of World War II, up through the various regimes until 1988 or so. It is both surreally grotesque and warm, sardonic on the madness of erotic life and politics during the horrible decades that this Central European country suffered. Family, friends, lovers, politics, history, and social commentary, all at once.
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July 24, 2001
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