A sense of evening pervades Christos Koukis’ Modern Guilt, translated into English by Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke and Elle Arscott. This twilight is historical, ridden by the background of the financial crisis in Greece, as much as poetic, where ‘we are rich in such a way that no bank condescends to accept us’. But like all things Greek, there is the sun, which peeks at odd places and throws light on hidden corners. In Koukis’ world, the sun glints, before setting at nine o’clock behind the Acropolis, even if ‘deep down, the light makes things difficult’.
It is in this sense that Modern Guilt holds a mirror to us, our anxieties and vanities. The earthquakes in Modern Guilt are political. History is ugly and ‘the country does not go to sleep with clear conscience’. Continuing in the tradition of the modern Greek masters, Koukis has use for antiquity, but this antiquity is not removed from history, its pain and betrayal. It provides no respite, only hard lessons. The financial earthquake of Greece is but one more link in that story.
Yet in its moments of crises, hope shines through —‘there is a feeling of life that never abandons us, an honest victory’. There is redemption in love and in the hope of love. Amidst the shadows, for Koukis it ultimately ‘doesn’t matter’, for even ‘Dresden was rebuilt and now it shines’.
Mandakranta Sen was born in Kolkata, West Bengal. Her first collection of poetry- HRIDAY ABADDHYA MEYE (MY HEART IS AN UNRULY GIRL) brought her the Ananda Puraskar in 1998. Since then she has written twenty collections of poetry, eight novels, one collection of novelettes, two collections of short stories and one collection of essays. She has won several awards including the Sahitya Akademi Golden Jubilee Young Writers' Award (2004), which she returned in 2015 as a protest against the growing intolerance in the country. Her poems have been translated into several other Indian languages, and internationally into the German, French and Polish. Currently, along with her husband, Mandakranta Sen edits Brishtydin- a literary journal in Bengali.
Dinkar Manwar (1965) is a poet, editor and an artist.
He co-edits a Marathi magazine- Atirikt, which is dedicated to Literature of the Nineties and the Post-Nineties era.
He was on the editorial board of Shabdved, published from Shegaon.
Dinkar Manwar’s poems have been published in various literary magazine like – Shabdved, AbhidhaNantar, Khel, Navakshar Darshan, Anustubh, Kalnirnay, Mukt Shabd and many others.
His poems have also been translated and published in Hindi and English too.
Manwar’s works of art have appeared in his books of poetry, namely- Drushya Naslelya Drushyat, Popular Publication, Mumbai (2014) and Ajunahi Barach Kahi Baaki, by Poetrywala, Mumbai (2016).
Drushya Naslelya Drushyat has been into English by Nitin Wagh and titled- Between the Lines – The Undeciphered Script of Khandav Van, August 2017.
Manwar has won the 1. Barashiv Sahitya Puraskar,2016 for Drushya Naslelya Drushyat. 2.The State Government – Kavi Keshavsut Kavya Puraskar ,2016 for Ajunahi Barach Kahi Baaki and the 3. Gadhinglaj Nagar Parishad Pujya Sane Guruji Sahitya Puraskar ,2017 for Ajunahi Barach Kahi Baaki.
Adil Jussawalla is the author of four books of poems. The third of these, trying to Say Goodbye, won the Sahitya Akademi award (2014) for a work in English. Some of his non-fiction has appeared in Maps for a Mortal Moon (2014) and more of it, along with a selection of his poems and fiction, in I Dreamt a Horse Fell from the Sky (2015.) He also edited the anthology New Writing in India (1974). He was born in Bombay in 1940 and has lived there most of his life.
Zingonia Zingone (1971) is a graduate in Economics, a poet, a novelist and a translator who writes in Spanish, Italian, French and English. Her poetry books are published in Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Italy, France and India. Her most recent titles are: Los naufragios del desierto (Vaso Roto, 2013) and las tentaciones de la Luz (anamá, 2018). In English, she has two books published in India: Acrobat of Oblivion (Poetrywala, 2011) and Light, the Temptation (Poetrywala, 2016). Her translation works include Virus Alert by Marathi poet Hemant Divate (Alarma de Virus – Ediciones Espiral, 2012), award-winning Voces / Voci by Nicaraguan poet Claribel Alegría (Samuele Editore, 2016), and, by the same author, Amore senza fine (Edizioni Fili d’Aquilone, 2018).
She is editor of a monthly Poetry Review at MINERVA magazine.
Published Poetry Books:
Máscara del delirio (Perro Azul, 2006; Lietocolle, 2008)
Santosh Padmakar Pawar (b.1972) is known in Marathi literary world for primarily for winning the prestigious 'Abhidhanantar Award' for his long poem titled Bhramishthacha Jahirnama. He has won numerous awards for this collection and his other three collections poems too. Santosh Pawar's poetry is a part of the curriculum in well-known universities of Maharashtra including the Mumbai and Pune universities. He has also edited a book of poems of the late poet Arun Kale. His poems are part of many poetry anthologies including Live Update – an anthology on post-globalisation poetry in English translation published by Poetrywala in 2005. Pawar started his carrier as a sevak of a village in Ahmadnagar district but simultaneously finished his studies to become a lecturer in Marathi. Currently he is working at the prestigious Rayat Shikshan Sanstha's Annasaheb Aawate college in Manchar.