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Assembly

poetry from Serbia by Novica Tadić
translated by Steven Teref & Maja Teref
bilingual Serbian / English

8.5" x 5.5"
137 pages

Praise for Novica Tadić and Assembly:

In Tadić's poetry, nothing is what it is; identity is goitered, and the goiter is about to give birth. These poems are like snapshots of details from the Apocalypse panel of Hieronymus Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights. Reader, draw close: "Beasts hang on the fences, poisons drip from the sky."

– Clayton Eshleman

Tadić writes spare, cutting lines that go straight to the heart of the wounded, wounding modern condition. The poems in Assembly, exquisitely rendered into English here by Steven and Maja Teref, preserve, alchemically, both the precision and the mystery of the originals. "Splendid calamities" indeed, Tadić's poems are like injections into the bloodstream: they hurt, they go deep, they leave their mark.

– Arielle Greenberg, author of My Kafka Century and Given

Steven and Maja Teref retell Tadić's worlds in an English that completely convinces. The two texts in this bilingual edition play against each other in a counterpoint where source and translation are always driven by the same poetic pulse. The result is a poetry that, far from being lost in translation, is found only in translation – the poetry that has the recharging shock of the foreign, the new.

– Francis R. Jones

Assembly is an extraordinary bilingual poetry collection from renowned Serbian poet Novica Tadić. A dynamic artist at the height of his poetic powers, Tadić presents to the reader a world that is at once surreal and hauntingly familiar, a world of outlandish encounters and uncanny creatures. His poetry addresses the challenges of surviving as an artist in a Communist society, and themes of victimization, oppression and spiritual pollution permeate much of his work. Assembly is a gently subversive and mischievous collection, a harrowing yet humanizing work that is a stunning testimony to Tadić's outstanding abilities as an artist.

A recipient of every major literary award in Serbia (and former Yugoslavia), Tadić gained world-wide recognition with the publication of his recent books The Unknown and Devil's Companion.

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