• Image of UNCLE ZOLTÁN | George Szirtes
  • Image of UNCLE ZOLTÁN | George Szirtes
  • Image of UNCLE ZOLTÁN | George Szirtes

More fragments from George Szirtes in this, our fourth and final chapbook in the series that includes Langoustine, Child Helga, and Germania. Uncle Zoltán is well-mannered, debonair, and carries a spare mackeral in his overcoat. His mustaches regularly win prizes at all the best shows. He’s that consummate—or was it consommé?—traveler, that genteel older gentleman, that exceptionally learnèd dormouse... that’s right, it’s everyone’s favorite family member, Uncle Zoltán! You couldn’t ask for a finer guide to the disappearing haute-bourgeoisie of a Mitteleuropa that never was.

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Dimensions: 150 mm x 110 mm
Cover 200gsm
Text 90gsm
40 pp.
Staple-bound and printed by Tompkin Press in Nottingham, UK
Edition of 100, numbered.

We regret that signed copies are no longer available.

Zoltán can be ordered bundled with Langoustine (November 2013), Child Helga, Germania, and the broadside (selections from "New Proverbs of Hell"). Extra shipping costs are included in the price of this option. Delivery confirmation is not available on this option.

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George Szirtes was born in Budapest in 1948 and came to England as a refugee in 1956. He was brought up in London and studied Fine Art in London and Leeds. His poems began appearing in national magazines in 1973 and his first book, The Slant Door, was published in 1979. It won the Faber Memorial prize the following year. Since then he has published more than a dozen books. He won the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2005, for Reel.

Having returned to Budapest for the first time in 1984, he has since worked extensively as a translator of poems, novels, plays and essays. His own work has been translated into numerous languages. Beside his work in poetry and translation he has written Exercise of Power, a study of the artist Ana Maria Pacheco, and, together with Penelope Lively, edited New Writing 10, published by Picador in 2001.

George Szirtes lives near Norwich with his wife, the painter Clarissa Upchurch. Together they ran The Starwheel Press. In 2006, Corvina produced Budapest: Image, Poem, Film, their collaboration in poetry and visual work.

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