The Blue Butterfly: The Balkan Trilogy, Vol. 1

The Blue Butterfly The Balkan Trilogy Vol Poetry Volume of Berengarten s Selected Writings THE BLUE BUTTERFLY has two points of departure The first is a Nazi massacre in former Yugoslavia On October st seven thousand men and boys f

  • Title: The Blue Butterfly: The Balkan Trilogy, Vol. 1
  • Author: Richard Berengarten
  • ISBN: 9781848611771
  • Page: 263
  • Format: Paperback
  • Poetry Volume 3 of Berengarten s Selected Writings THE BLUE BUTTERFLY has two points of departure The first is a Nazi massacre in former Yugoslavia On October 21st, 1941, seven thousand men and boys from Kragujevac, a town in central Serbia, were marched out to the nearby hills and gunned down The poet Richard Berengarten visited the site of this atrocity, on May 25thPoetry Volume 3 of Berengarten s Selected Writings THE BLUE BUTTERFLY has two points of departure The first is a Nazi massacre in former Yugoslavia On October 21st, 1941, seven thousand men and boys from Kragujevac, a town in central Serbia, were marched out to the nearby hills and gunned down The poet Richard Berengarten visited the site of this atrocity, on May 25th, 1985 As he was queuing to enter the memorial museum, a blue butterfly descended onto the forefinger of his writing hand.This extraordinary and powerful book takes off from these two episodes The title poem is already famous in former Yugoslavia in the translation by Danilo Ki and Ivan V Lalic In Serbia, Berengarten has been honored with the international Morava Prize for Poetry In the UK, an early unpublished draft of this sequence was awarded the Wingate Jewish Quarterly Prize in 1992E BLUE BUTTERFLY unflinchingly explores both revenge and forgiveness, expanding from the Balkan historical context to the present time The complete book has been a long time in the making Because it examines profound and important issues, because it does not flinch from asking large questions, because it shapes a crafted, vital, living poetry out of suffering and tragedy, and because it insists on hope and pleads for joy, this is a book which has moral implications on many levels Both passionate and thoughtful, demanding and rewarding, it is European in context and universal in scope and relevance.

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