These poems, written between 1985 and 1994, record what Sandor Csoori has called the chronic memory of violence, namely the horrors of World War II and the repressions of the ensuing forty-five year Communist occupation. Several of the poems written after 1989, the year Communism collapsed in Hungary, cast a cold eye on the state of Hungary as a free nation. Sandor Csoori, one of Hungary's most prominent and outspoken poets, is the author of sixteen books of poetry, six books of essays, two vels, and several film scripts.
Sandor Csoori, one of Hungary's most prominent and outspoken poets, is the author of sixteen books of poetry, six books of essays, two novels, and several film scripts. His poetry spans five decades, with his first book, The Bird Takes Wing, published in 1954 and his most recent book, Quiet Vertigo, appearing in 2001. In addition to being one of Hungary's most widely read writers, his work has been translated into every major European language, as well as Japanese and Chinese.