Across the River: On the Poetry of Mak Dizdar by Rusmir MahmutcehajicAcross the River: On the Poetry of Mak Dizdar by Rusmir Mahmutcehajic

Across the River: On the Poetry of Mak Dizdar

byRusmir MahmutcehajicTranslated bySaba Risaluddin, Francis R. Jones

Hardcover | July 1, 2011

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The work of Mehmedalija "Mak" Dizdar (1917-1971) is the cornerstone of modern Bosnian literature. His work blends influences from Bosnian Christian culture, Islamic mysticism, and the cultural remains of medieval Bosnia. The first part of this book focuses on Dizdar's collection Stone Sleeper. It argues that in his poetry Dizdar turns to spiritual resources suppressed during the time of communism, though few have been able fully to understand the traditional content of his post-traditional form. Rusmir Mahmutchajic introduces readers to this traditional substance in the context of what he calls "perennial philosophy," showing how in Dizdar's poetry prophetic wisdom and poetic pronouncement exist inseparably. In the second part, Mahmutcehajic traces, in a discussion of Dizdar's mysticallyinfluenced poem "Blue River," the perennial questions of how we are to discover or realize the human self in relation to God as Creator.
Rusmir Mahmutcehajic is Professor of Applied Physics at Sarajevo University, President of the International Forum Bosnia, and former Vice President of the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The most recent of his books in English are The Mosque: The Heart of Submission and On Love: In the Muslim Tradition (both Fordham).
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Title:Across the River: On the Poetry of Mak DizdarFormat:HardcoverDimensions:192 pagesPublished:July 1, 2011Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823231682

ISBN - 13:9780823231683

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"A theological reflection and hermeneutical masterpiece on a landmark poem."