Remnants of Another Age

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Nikola Madzirov

First British publication by the rising star of European poetry

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Macedonia’s Nikola Madzirov is one of the most powerful voices in contemporary European poetry. Born in a family of Balkan War refugees in Strumica in 1973, he grew up in the Soviet era in the former Republic of Yugoslavia ruled by Marshall Tito. When he was 18, the collapse of Yugoslavia prompted a shift in his sense of identity – as a writer reinventing himself in a country which felt new but was still nourished by deeply rooted historical traditions. The example and work of the great East European poets of the postwar period – Vasko Popa, Czeslaw Milosz, Zbigniew Herbert – were liberating influences on his writing and thinking. The German weekly magazine Der Spiegel compared the quality of his poetry to Tomas Transtromer’s. There is a clear line from their generation, and that of more recent figures like Adam Zagajewski from Poland, to Nikola Madzirov, but Madzirov’s voice is a new 21st century voice in European poetry and he is one of the most outstanding figures of the post-Soviet generation. Remnants of Another Age, his first book of poetry published in English, is introduced by Carolyn Forche, who writes: ‘Madzirov calls himself an involuntary descendant of refugees, referring to his family’s flight from the Balkan Wars a century ago: his surname derives from mazir or majir, meaning people without a home. The ideas of shelter and of homelessness, of nomadism, and spiritual transience serves as a palimpsest in these Remnants’ – while Madzirov himself tells us in one of his poems, ‘History is the first border I have to cross.’ Bilingual Macedonian-English edition.

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