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Pilinszky János: Passion of Ravensbrück (Ravensbrücki passió in English)

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Portre of Csokits János

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Ravensbrücki passió (Hungarian)

Kilép a többiek közűl,
megáll a kockacsendben,
mint vetitett kép hunyorog
rabruha és fegyencfej.

Félelmetesen maga van,
a pórusait látni,
mindene olyan óriás,
mindene oly parányi.

És nincs tovább. A többi már,
a többi annyi volt csak,
elfelejtett kiáltani
mielőtt földre roskadt.


Source of the quotation

Passion of Ravensbrück (English)

He steps out from the others.
He stands in the square silence.
The prison garb, the convict's skull
blink like a projection.

He is horribly alone.
His pores are visible.
Everything about him is so gigantic,
everything is so tiny.

And this is all. The rest -
the rest was simply
that he forgot to cry out
before he collapsed.


Ted Hughes and

Source of the quotationThe Desert of Love: Selected Poems.