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Immigrant Blues

by Goran Simic, edited by A.F. Moritz

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list price: $15.00
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category: Poetry
published: May 2003
ISBN:9781894078283
publisher: Brick Books
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Immigrant Blues, an extension and deepening of the famous poems of the siege of Sarajevo translated in Simic's Sprinting from the Graveyard (Oxford, 1997), explores the personal and the public devastations of war, especially its effects on the emotions, thoughts and memories of exiled survivors. Simic's genius is to present this disturbing reality in terms so vigorous and humane that pain is mixed with the solace and pleasure of great art.

Open the doors, the guests are coming
some of them burned by the sun, some of them pale
but every one with suitcases made of human skin.
If you look carefully at the handles, fragile as birds' spines,
you will find your own fingerprints, your mother's tears,
your grandpa's sweat.
The rain just started. The world is grey.

from "Open the Door"

"The brilliance of these poems lies in their detail, their lack of rhetoric, and their passion." — Helen Dunmore, reviewing Sprinting from the Graveyard in The Observer

"Goran Simic has written with tact and restraint in daunting and provocative conditions. The fact that his terrifying testimony seems more whispered than screamed is part of its power." — Denis O'Driscoll, on Sprinting from the Graveyard in The Times Literary Supplement

About the Authors
Goran Simic was born in Bosnia in 1952 and has published eleven volumes of poetry, drama and short fiction; his work has been translated into nine languages and has been published and performed in several European countries. One of the most prominent writers of the former Yugoslavia, Simic was trapped in the siege of Sarajevo. In 1995 he and his family were able to settle in Canada as the result of a Freedom to Write Award from PEN. Immigrant Blues is Simic's second full-length volume of poems in English, and the first to be published in Canada.
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A. F. MORITZ has written nineteen books of poetry. His work has received the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Award in Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Poetry magazine’s Bess Hokin Prize, the Ingram Merrill Fellowship, the ReLit Award, the Raymond Souster Award, and three shortlistings for the Governor General’s Literary Award. His Griffin Poetry Prize–winning collection The Sentinel was a Globe and Mail Top 100 of the Year, and his ReLit Award–winning Night Street Repairs was named one of forty-three “books of the decade” by the Globe and Mail in 2010.

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Editorial Review

"Immigrant Blues is his Canadian debut — a remarkable one, powerful and unsettling ... a register of losses, pain, and struggle delivered in a soft-spoken, underplayed style laced with irony." — Barbara Carey, The Toronto Star

"Immigrant Blues ... [argues] passionately against the generalizing engines that drive the twin atrocities of militarism and amnesia. [He] has carried out his responsibility, and has done us a profound service, by sharing his testimony. It is now our privilege and responsibility to listen to him." — Warren Heiti, The Fiddlehead

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