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An original collection of work by the great Serbian poet of the twentieth century.

Vasko Popa is widely recognized as one of the great poets of the twentieth century, a riddling fabulist, whose work, taking its bearings from the songs and folklore of his native his Serbia and from surrealism, has a dark gnomic fatalistic humor and pathos that are like nothing else. Charles Simic, a master of contemporary American poetry, has been translating Popa’s work for more than a quarter century. This revised and greatly expanded edition of Simic’s Popa is a revelation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681373362
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 06/25/2019
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,240,099
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Vasko Popa (1922-1991) was born in the Banat region of Northern Serbia, then part of Yugoslavia. During World War II, he joined the Communist underground and was imprisoned in a German concentration camp at Bečkerek. After the war, he graduated from Belgrade University and published his first collection, Kora (Bark) in 1953, the first of his eight books. He came to be known as the most famous Yugoslav poet of the 20th century, as well as the most translated.

Charles Simic is a poet, essayist, and translator. He has published some twenty collections of poetry, six books of essays, a memoir, and numerous translations. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Griffin Poetry Prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2007 Simic was appointed the fifteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. His most recent collection is Scribbled in the Dark: Poems (2017).

Table of Contents


I.  White Pebble
II. Bone to Bone
III. Games
IV. Give me Back My Rags
V.  The Yawn of Yawns
VI.  Heaven’s Ring
VII. St. Sava’s Spring
VIII. Homage to the Lame Wolf
IX. Wolf’s Earth
X. The Little Box

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