By Nazim Hikmet

"A major glossy Turkish poet, Hikmet (1902-1963) as soon as wrote from criminal, "In the 20 th century / grief lasts / at so much a year." First jailed in 1924 on the age of twenty-two for engaged on a leftist journal, he spent 18 years incarcerated. Hikmet was once offered the area Peace Prize in 1950, an analogous 12 months as he won his unlock from penal complex, in simple terms to be exiled from Turkey in 1951 for the final thirteen years of his lifestyles. The poet obviously by no means misplaced his religion in social justice. His love of lifestyles it sounds as if didn't weaken, and his poems resonate with its energy: "Shot via ten years of bondage like a bullet, / . . . my middle remains to be a similar middle, my head nonetheless a similar head." yet to contemplate Hikmet a political poet in basic terms is to overlook his present, and a temperament contaminated with pleasure. In "Occupation" he writes, "In the afternoon warmth I decide olives, / the leaves the most endearing of vegetables: / I'm gentle from head to toe." The translations through Blasing and Mutlu Konak express the ability and originality of the paintings; there are not any susceptible poems the following. As Hikmet grew, he brought a richness and humanity extraordinary in its freedom from bitterness"

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While these authors show how successful the press was at conveying useful information about the Armenian Genocide to the Canadian public, like me they remain finally doubtful of the efficacy of words when tasked with describing an attempted human annihilation. Notwithstanding the importance of documenting and explaining atrocious human experiences, we need to be constantly aware of what the Holocaust historian Saul Friedlander once termed the “limits of representation” (Friedlander, 1992). Such awareness obliges us to acknowledge the deep contingency of our languages, genres, and media: their tendency to alter and adapt over time in response to a wide variety of concerns often extrinsic to the circumstances under description.

I have been trying to suggest that this symbolization problem is a significant one for anyone attempting to grapple with experience of the horrors associated with genocide, perhaps most especially the survivors themselves. As Améry aptly observes, “acts of extreme violence mark the limit of the capacity of language to communicate” (Améry, 1986: 33). This is one of the senses in which they are “beyond the pale,” the term “pale” traditionally designating a fence or boundary separating the village from the wilderness, and thus the known from the unknown, the familiar from the uncanny, the morally acceptable from the barbaric.

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