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Selected Poetry and Prose of Helga Novak


Allen Harris Chappel

This is the first comprehensive collection of Helga Novak's work in English translation. The collection includes work from Ballade der reisenden Anna (1965) up to and including work from Palisaden (1980). Quite evident, even in her earliest work, is the tremendous power of the language and an incisive and often bitter insight into the human condition. It is in her use of different styles that the author demonstrates her unique talent with the artistic skill of a virtuoso.
Contents: The anthology consists of 35 representative poems, approximately 50 pages of her uniquely terse, short prose and about 100 pages of her longer lyrical prose piece, presumably autobiographical.