Pavel Šrut

Worm-Eaten Time

Trans. Deborah Helen Garfinkle
Worm-Eaten Time
Phoneme Media, 2016, 165 pp
Language: English
Genre: Poetry
ISBN: 9781939419613
Grants
PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants
Goodreads rating
93.4%

Pavel Šrut’s Worm-Eaten Time, in an award-winning translation by Deborah H. Garfinkle, introduces the seminal work of one of the most important living Czech poets to an English-speaking audience for the first time. With dark humor and surprising tenderness, Šrut’s Soviet-banned masterpiece is an essential addition to the canon of twentieth century banned literature.

Worm-Eaten Time is an elegy for Šrut’s fallen homeland, written in the months following the Soviet invasion. After the work was banned, Šrut ceased writing poetry for over a decade, feeling that poetry itself had become meaningless in the face of occupation. Ultimately, the need to speak won out and Šrut began writing again, publishing unofficially in various publications.

More information can be found on the publisher’s website.

Praise

“Banned in the Soviet Union for its celebration of individuality in the face of assimilation, this book depicts the loneliness of sameness and the fear of erasure experienced under totalitarianism. Haunting and beautiful, Pavel Šrut’s lyric style expresses both the hollowness of loss and the vitality of forbidden preservation.”

World Literature Today

Information about the original Czech edition

Červotočivé světlo / Worm-Eaten Light

Language: English
Place: Los Angeles
Publisher: Phoneme Media
Year: 2016
Pages: 165
Genre: Poetry
Grants
PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants