As the protagonist of Son of Saul, Géza Röhrig impersonated a member of a Sonderkommando in Auschwitz who will go to any lengths in order to bury his child. As a poet, Géza Röhrig descends into darkness – into depths illuminated only by language and by faith; where the origin and the end, the roots and the grave are not merely juxtaposed: they are one. Röhrig’s volume of poetry is at the same time brutal and sensitive, devastating and informal. His main subject is the fragility of identity. How can we find a home, inside ourselves, without stumbling in our roots? Röhrig leads us into a forest of individual and family tragedies, holding our hands all the while. Murder, loss of parents, betrayal. Wounds. Being an outcast. These poems show the complexity of a victim who is at times evil and beastly, and who is also an, even if ever dwindling, human being. The locations and the characters are typically Hungarian, yet Röhrig’s stories, replete with biblical imagery, are universal.
How can we find a home, inside ourselves, without stumbling in our roots?
ISBN 978 963 1433 72 2
2016, hard cover
96 pages, 100×170 mm