Across the River: On the Poetry of Mak Dizdar

Across the River: On the Poetry of Mak Dizdar

Across the River: On the Poetry of Mak Dizdar

Across the River: On the Poetry of Mak Dizdar

Synopsis

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 mystically influenced poem "Blue River," the perennial questions of how we are to discover or realize the human self in relation to God as Creator.
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