Ana Blandiana

Ana Blandiana is one of Romania’s foremost poets, a leading dissident before the fall of communism. In recognition of her contribution to European culture and her valiant fight for human and civil rights, Blandiana was awarded the Légion d’Honneur (2009), and the US State Department distinguished her with the Romanian Women of Courage Award (2014). She won the European Poet of Freedom Prize (Gdansk, 2016) for My Native Land A4 (2010), published in English by Bloodaxe.

  • Cover to The Sun of Hereafter and Ebb of the Senses by Ana Blandiana
    Hexham, United Kingdom. Bloodaxe. 2017. 144 pages. Fresh from their magisterial translation of Ana Blandiana’s My Native Land A4 (Bloodaxe, 2010), translators Paul Scott Derrick and Viorica P...
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    Photo by Paula Goodale   Thistles and Gods Thistles and gods all withered in the sunLike the blanched remains of temples,Long and slender skeletons,Irrevocable examplesOf the burden of being immortal...
  • My Native Land A4
    Paul Scott Derrick & Viorica Pâtea, tr. Hexham, Northumberland. Bloodaxe (Dufour, distr.). 2014. ISBN 9781780371054 Readers coming belatedly to the work of Ana Blandiana may be puzzled at the disc...
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    Photo: Kristina Sheppard/Flickr A Young Horse  I’ve never figured out what world I live in.I rode on a horse as young and as happy as I.When he galloped I could feel his heartbeatAgainst my thighsAnd...

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