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By Georg Heym

Translated by Antony Hasler

Libris, ISBN 1 870352874, £30 / pb £14.95
Series 3 No. 2 - Diaspora

Review by Will Stone

It was once memorably stated of Chopin’s late ‘Polonaises’ that they were like the confessions of a man with his throat cut. One might say the same of the poetry of Georg Heym, which, following decades of woeful neglect, is at last made available to us in exemplary translations by Antony Hasler. Heym who died in 1912 in the most dreadful circumstances,... » Read review in full» More reviews in this issue

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