New and Collected Poems

George Szirtes came to Britain as an eight-year-old refugee after the Hungarian uprising in 1956. Educated in England, he trained as a painter, and has always written in English. Haunted by his family's knowledge and experience of war, occupation and the Holocaust, as well as by loss, danger and exile, all of Szirtes' poetry covers universal themes: love, desire and illusion: loyalty and betrayal: history, art and memory: humanity and truth....

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Bridge Passages

George Szirtes previous collections The Photographer in Winter and Metro explored the European past, including that of his own family. Bridge Passages, much of which was written in Budapest during the momentous December of 1989, deals mainly with the present, and looks at the lives that are lived in private flats and public streets, and of the dissolving of individuals in large events. The title set of poems forms an intermittent diary which...

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Red All Over Riddle Book

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.By this time he was married with two children. After the publication of his second book, November and May, 1982, he was...

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