Lajos Walder

Biography

Arguably the most significant modern Hungarian poet, Lajos Walder was born in 1913 and died in 1945 in the Gunskirchen concentration camp, on the day it was liberated by the Allied forces. Exuberant and witty, poignant and severe, trenchant yet light-hearted, Lajos Walder's poems cut to the quick and stay with you. Reading them is like reliving an era long gone and, at the same time, learning to see our own world with new eyes. For Lajos Walder's message speaks to us as directly today as it did to his contemporaries almost a century ago: '... that apart from thieves and murderers // there are also human beings'. For the first time, Lajos Walder's complete extant poetry is made available in English, superbly translated by the poet's daughter Agnes Walder, who also provides a beautiful afterword, and with a passionate foreword by Scots fellow poet Don Paterson.

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The Complete Poems (Bilingual Edition)
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 48,480. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2019 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Categories: Poetry » Eastern European Poetry
LAJOS WALDER, who published under the pseudonym ‘Vándor’ —meaning ‘wanderer’—during his lifetime, is considered to be one of the most significant modern Hungarian poets and playwrights. Born in Budapest in 1913, he died in May, 1945, shortly after walking through the opened gates of the liberated concentration camp of Gunskirchen.
Összes Versei
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 21,290. Language: Hungarian. Published: January 15, 2019 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Categories: Poetry » Eastern European Poetry
Walder Lajost, aki élete során a ‘Vándor’ írói név alatt publikált – az egyik legfontosabb modern magyar költőként és színdarabíróként tartjuk számon. 1913-ban Budapesten született és 1945 májusában halt meg, nem sokkal azután, hogy a felszabadított gunskircheni koncentrációs tábor nyitott kapuján átment.
Below Zero: A Play
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 27,310. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2017 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Categories: Plays » Russian & Former Soviet Union, Plays » Canadian
Set in a remote radio outpost in northern Quebec in 1942, "Below Zero" is a study in obsession, duplicity, aversion, infidelity, and psychological abuse to the point of murder ... people stuck together with no escape ... Written in early 1940s in Hungary, Below Zero is arguably the prototypical existential drama, anticipating Jean-Paul "Sartre’s No Exit" (1944), among other works.
The Complete Plays
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 83,790. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2017 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Categories: Plays » Russian & Former Soviet Union
Arguably the most significant modern Hungarian poet, Lajos Walder was born in 1913 and died in 1945 in the Gunskirchen concentration camp. Reading Walder is like reliving an era long gone and, at the same time, learning to see our own world with new eyes. For the first time, Lajos Walder's complete plays – "Below Zero," "Vase of Pompeii," and "Tyrtaeus" – are made available in English.
Tyrtaeus: A Tragedy
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 37,690. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2017 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Categories: Plays » Russian & Former Soviet Union
Written in the early 1940s under Nazi terror and set in ancient Sparta during the 2nd Messenean War in the 7th century BCE, "Tyrtaeus" dramatizes contemporary political concerns—the brutality of totalitarianism, the precariousness of democracy, and the sociopolitical role of art—through the prism of Greek elegiac poet Tyrtaeus’ involvement in the conflict. A perennial play that speaks to all ages.
Vase of Pompeii: A Play
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 22,240. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2017 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Categories: Plays » Russian & Former Soviet Union
On his sixtieth birthday, Monsieur Lebordin, a world-renowned scholar and antiquities expert, suffers a heart attack, and is visited by the mysterious stranger Angela , who is not at all who she appears to be ... Set in 1930s France, "Vase of Pompeii" is a Symbolist masterpiece, social commentary (applying as much to our own time as to pre-war Europe) masquerading as bourgeois tragedy.
Become a Message: Poems
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 27,060. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2015 by Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.. Categories: Poetry » Eastern European Poetry
Exuberant, witty, poignant, severe, trenchant, yet lighthearted, Lajos Walder's (1913-45) poems cut to the quick and stay with us. Reading them is like reliving an era long gone and, at the same time, learning to see our own world with new eyes. Walder's message speaks to us as directly today as it did to his contemporaries: "that apart from thieves and murderers there are are also human beings."

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