Τα μεσάνυχτα, οι περιπλανώμενες ψυχές,
οι κάμποι λάμπουν απ’ το χιόνι,
και μέσα μου ξυπνούν αισθήσεις καταπιεσμένες.
Πηγάζουν από την καρδιά.
Στο σκοτεινό δωμάτιο μου
εισέρχεται το φως από τις πεδιάδες που καλύπτονται με λευκό.
Στο καθαρό του φεγγαριού η ψυχή μου κάνει βόλτες
μαζί σου, μαζί σου.
Στην καρδιά μου σπασμένη, πικρή,
αναλαμπή της σιωπηρής αλήθειας
οι σκιές των δέντρων κρύβουν το ρυθμό της ζωής
σαν κάποιος στα ξαφνικά να με φίλησε.
Μετάφραση από τα σλοβενικά στα ιταλικά: Ruzica Leontic
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Ο Σρέτσκο Κοσοβέλ –ο «Ρεμπώ» του σλαβόφωνου κόσμου– γεννήθηκε στην πόλη Σεζάνα της Σλοβενίας, το 1904. Σπουδάζει Ρωμανική και Σλαβική Φιλολογία στο Πανεπιστήμιο της Λιουμπλιάνας. Το 1922, ιδρύει το λογοτεχνικό περιοδικό Lepa Vida. Η συντακτική επιτροπή του εντύπου αποτελείται από Σλοβένους φοιτητές που αντιδρούν στην κατοχή της πατρίδας τους από τα ιταλικά στρατεύματα. Το 1923, εκδίδει την εφημερίδα Novi Kres και το 1925 το πρωτοποριακό περιοδικό Mladina, το οποίο ο Κοσοβέλ φιλοδοξεί να ανάγει σε πανεθνική, αριστερή έκδοση που θα φιλοξενεί όλους τους μοντερνιστές και αβανγκάρντ καλλιτέχνες της ευρύτερης γιουγκοσλαβικής επικράτειας. Πεθαίνει από μηνιγγίτιδα στις 26 Μαίου του 1926, μόλις σε ηλικία 22 ετών. Μια κορδέλα –στα χρώματα της σλοβενικής σημαίας– στολίζει το φέρετρό του. Οι Ιταλοί καραμπινιέρι που παρευρίσκονται....
Εισαγωγή και μετάφραση: Μιχάλης Παπαντωνόπουλος
Ο κουρασμένος άνθρωπος της Ευρώπης
κοιτάζει θλιβερά κατά το βράδυ το χρυσό –
το εξίσου θλιβερό με την ψυχή του.
Ο πολιτισμός δεν γνωρίζει από καρδιά.
Φρικτός ο αγώνας· οδυνηρός.
Σβήνει, αδειάζει η ψυχή.
Το βράδυ καίει σαν φλόγα.
Πεθαίνει η Ευρώπη!
αντιλαμβάνεστε την έννοια «ζωή»;
- Κρας: περιοχή της Σλοβενίας
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Srečko Kosovel (18 March 1904 – 26 May 1926) was a Slovene expressionist poet who evolved towards avant-garde forms. Since the 1960s, Kosovel has become a poetic icon, in the league of the most prestigious Slovene literates like France Prešeren and Ivan Cankar. Alongside Edvard Kocbek, he is considered as the most important Slovene poet of the post-World War I period. He produced an impressive body of work of more than 1000 poems with a quality regarded as unusually high for his age. Most of his works were published almost four decades after his early death.
Upbringing and Early Life
Kosovel was born in 1904 to Anton and Katarina Kosovel (née Streš) in Sežana, a town in the Kras region of the County of Gorizia and Gradisca, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. His mother, descendant of a wealthy Slovene family fromTrieste, was 40 years old at the time of his birth. His father was a local teacher and a choir leader from the Vipava Valley. Srečko was the youngest of five children; he had a brother and three sisters. Srečko and his family lived in the nearby
of Tomaj until
It seems that Kosovel wrote from an early age. When he was only 11, one of his poems (about the fairness of the city ofTrieste) was published in the children's magazine Zvonček. The World War I, which broke out in his teenage years, had a traumatising effect on him. It seems he had regular contact with wounded soldiers and saw corpses, since the battlefield was only some 15 kilometers from his home.
Kosovel finished elementary school in 1915.
Early Years In
In 1916, Kosovel moved to Ljubljana with his sister to continue with his studies, staying there until his death. In 1919, he met Branko Jeglič, a poet who later became a close friend to Kosovel. Jeglič produced a student literary newspaper called Kres ("Bonfire"), which Kosovel participated in. Jeglič died soon after and Kosovel published a touching obituary in a Slovenian newspaper of
At this time, Kosovel also made his first true attempt in poetry. Much of his
poetry at this time and later concerned his longing for his family and a
reflection on landscapes of the Kras region. It is thought that the poem
"Rider in Dark Night", which he showed to his brother, was his first
serious poetic attempt.
In 1920, he shared a flat with the young writer and esitor Ludvik Mrzel for 18 months. Kosovel contributed to Mrzel's newspaper as a writer.
Student years and early literary activity
In 1922, Kosovel enrolled in the University of Ljubljana, where he studied Romance and Slavic philology. In this period, he established a youth literary magazine called Lepa Vida ("The Fair Vida", a motive from Slovene folk poetry), published by an organization of students from the Italian-occupied Julian March studying in Yugoslavia. After World War I, Trieste and the Slovenian Littoral had just been annexed by Italy, with the local Slovene population exposed to the terrorist acts of the fascist movement and later to the oppression of the Fascist regime. As an editor of Lepa Vida, Kosovel met the magazine's co-editor Alfonz Gspan, who would later edit Kosovel's first collection of poetry. In the same circle, Kosovel also became acquainted with the poet Ivo Grahor, who introduced Kosovel to the avant-garde movement, and writer Bogomir Magajna.
In the autumn of 1923, Kosovel established the "Ivan Cankar Club", named by the Slovenian radical author. The club organized debates on literature, social and political issues, published gazettes (Novi Kres - "New Bonfire"). Internal disputes soon emerged. Kosovel moved closer to socially and artistically revolutionary ideas, while the other influential member, Anton Ocvirk stood on more conservative position. Despite their frequent clashes, Ocvirk would later become the editor of Kosovel's "Collected Works", from the first edition of which he however omitted the most provocative and daring poetic attempts.
In 1923, Kosovel and Ivo Grahor started editing the progressive journal Vidovdan. Grahor influenced Kosovel significantly, informing him of recent artistic developments in modern European literature. He also introduced Kosovel to the works of numerous Soviet and German avant-gardiste artists.
Manuscript of Kons 5, one of Kosovel's most famous late poems
In 1925, Kosovel was considering establishing a new modernist magazine with the constructivist artist Avgust Černigoj. Černigoj suggested the magazine be calledKonstruktor ("Constructor"), while Kosovel preferred KONS. It was in the summer of 1925, that Kosovel started writing his famous constructivist poems, calling them konsi(kons in singular), short for konstrukcije ("constructions").
At about the same time, Kosovel prepared to publish a collection of his early poems, entitled Zlati čoln ("Golden Boat"). With this selection of poems, he intended to put an end to his early style, strongly influenced by the impressionist poetry of Josip Murn. He was however crushed by the negative response of both publishing houses and some of his closest friends.
Kosovel then turned exclusively to his constructivist poetry, which he wanted to publish in a collection entitled Konsi. He however never managed to achieve this; his constructivist poetry would remain unknown to the public until as late as 1967, when Anton Ocvirk decided to release Kosovel's collection under the title Integrali '26.
The same year, in 1925, Kosovel became editor of the magazine Mladina (Youth). This had an enormous impact on his life: he had very ambitious plans with the journal, intending to transform it into a nationwide left-wing publication that would attract all modernist and avant-gardiste artists from Slovene Lands and Yugoslavia, as well as serving as the platform for a radical Slovenian political agenda. He remained the programme editor of the paper until his death.
The last period
The year 1925 was Kosovel's most productive period. It was also a time that saw him shift his politics to the left. As his prose became simpler in style, it had a greater appeal to the proletariat. Kosovel conceived the idea of a proletarians' writers union and a publishing house called Strelci ("Archers"), in which his collection of constructivist poetry could also be published.
During all this period, the "Ivan Cankar Club" continued its activity, organizing literary and poetic evenings. In a winter evening in 1926, Kosovel visited the industrial town ofZagorje to perform in one of such events. Following his recital, Kosovel waited for the train to return to
catching a cold, which eventually developed into meningitis.
He returned to his home village in theKras to cure
himself, but died on 26 May 1926. He was buried on 29 May 1926. His coffin was
adorned with a ribbon with the colours of the Slovene
flag placed on it. The Italian Carabinieri,
who had been present at the burial to prevent any "nationalist"
outburst, threatened to exhume the coffin to remove the ribbon but this did not
Publications Following Kosovel's Death
In 1927, Alfonz Gspan published his late friend's early poems in a booklet consisting of 66 works. In 1946, Anton Ocvirk published Kosovel's "Collected Works", which were received by interest from the literary community. Ocvirk further published "The Golden Boat" in 1954. These publications however omitted Kosovel's late works. Only in 1967, a book called "Integrals '26" was published, edited by Ocvirk. The third volume of "Collected Works" was published in 1977.
Kosovel also left unfinished works in lyrical prose form, sketches, note, diaries and essays and criticisms concerning cultural problems. Much of it was published in 2004, on the 100th anniversary of Kosovel's birth, in the monograph entitled Ikarjev sen ("Icarus'es Dream"), edited by the literary critics Aleš Berger and Lugwig Hartinger.
A new selection of Kosovel's poetry has been translated into English by Bert Pribac, David Brooks, assisted by Teja Brooks Pribac: "The Golden Boat: Selected Poems of Srečko Kosovel" (Salt 2008).
The poetry of Kosovel is seen to come from three artistic movements: Impressionism, Expressionism and Constructivism. Kosovel's poetry also incorporates elements with Dadaism, Surrealism and Futurism. His style is too complex to be identified by a particular movement or current. His works show his concern with social and political oppression in the Slovenen Lands, the fate of Slovenes threatened by foreign powers, the feeling of a decadence of
Europe and the hope for a
"new dawn". The Kras region, with its ascetic and rigid scenery, is
one of the main motifs in Kosovel's poetry. His verses are full of wit, irony, depth and a
sentiment of tragedy.
He has been often compared to other brilliant and tragic European authors from his same generation, such as the Hungarian Attila József, Italian Cesare Pavese, or Spanish Federico Garcia Lorca.