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Human Landscapes from My Country: An Epic Novel in Verse

Human Landscapes from My Country: An Epic Novel in Verse Nazim Hikmet, Randy Blasing & Mutlu Konuk (Translators), Edward Hirsch (Foreword)

Now in Paperback

On the occasion of the poet's one-hundredth birthday, this masterwork is at last available in its entirety in English. When, on the eve of the Second World War, Nazim Hikmet (1902-1963)—Turkey's most acclaimed and popular poet—was sentenced to twenty-eight years in prison for his Communist beliefs, he embarked on the writing of his epic, Human Landscapes from My Country. This 17,000-line verse-novel is made up of a traveler's vivid encounters with Turkish men and women from all walks of life. In colloquial language, Hikmet stages their private hopes and griefs, and through these many human dramas, he documents Turkey's historic transformation into a secular republic. Human Landscapes from My Country is "lively . . . cinematographic . . . able] to capture the least scholarly reader" (Denise Levertov). Human Landscapes from My Country was published in an abridged English-language version by Persea Books twenty years ago. This new edition marks a major event in contemporary world literature.

Praise for the Book:
"One of the great works of modern literature."—Raymond Chandler

"[Hikmet's] special gift is to show that every human life is a story, and a compelling one."—Hudson Review

"This major work is highly moving. Highly recommended."—Virginia Quarterly Review

About the Author:
Nazim Hikmet is considered Turkey's greatest modern poet. For his Communist views, he was imprisoned in Turkey and his work was banned. His poetry has been translated into more than fifty languages. He won the World Peace Prize (the USSR's equivalent of the Nobel) in 1950.

Also available from Persea by Nazim Hikmet:
Poems of Nazim Hikmet

Paperback: $20.00 (Can. $22.00) / ISBN 978-0-89255-349-5 / 480 pages / Poetry in Translation

Hardcover / $39.95 (Can. $57.99) / ISBN 978-0-89255-273-3 / 480 pages / Poetry in Translation

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