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Beyond the Walls

Selected Poems

Nâzim Hikmet

Translated by Talat Sait Halman, Richard McKane and Ruth Christie

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ISBN: 978 0 856463 29 7
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Published: January 2002
216 x 138 x 19 mm
256 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Nâzim Hikmet’s poetry combines passion and simplicity with sophistication, producing work of enduring significance. He was both a superb narrative and lyric poet; his immense and continuing popularity in Turkey testifies to his common touch. This extensive selection ranges from his epic poem ‘Sheikh Bedreddin’ to the moving prison poems addressed to his wife. The book is introduced by the leading expert on Turkish literature, Talât Sait Halman, former Professor of Turkish Literature at Princeton and New York Universities and currently at Bilkent University, Ankara.

    Nâzim Hikmet
    Nâzim Hikmet (1902–63), Turkey’s greatest modern poet, was a political prisoner in Turkey for more than fourteen years and spent the last thirteen years of his life in exile, mainly in Russia, travelling widely through Europe and further afield. ... read more
    Talat Sait Halman
    Talât Sait Halman was born in 1931 in Istanbul. He is a well-known Turkish poet, translator and cultural historian. In 1971 he served as Turkey’s first ever Minister of Culture. He translates poetry and prose both from Turkish into English and vice versa. ... read more
    Richard McKane
    Richard McKane is a poet and the translator of Selected Poems of Anna Akhmatova and, with Elizabeth McKane, of Mandelstam’s The Moscow Notebooks and The Voronezh Notebooks . Anvil has published The Pillar of Fire, his selection from the poetry of Nikolay Gumilyov. He has jointly translated with Ruth Christie ... read more
    Ruth Christie
    Ruth Christie was born and educated in Scotland. She studied Turkish at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She has taught English literature and has been translating novels, short stories and poetry from the Turkish for many years. She has jointly translated with Richard McKane extensive selections from ... read more
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