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Het is vandaag de 71e geboortedag van
Jana Beranová


Jana Beranová (geboren 1932) is een Tsjechisch-Nederlands dichteres en vertaalster

Beranová is Tsjechische van geboorte, maar moest na 1948 met haar ouders vluchten en kwam zo uiteindelijk in Nederland terecht. Zij studeerde in Rotterdam af in de economie. Zij werd bekend met haar vertalingen van Tsjechische schrijvers en dichters, waaronder Milan Kundera (onder andere De ondraagelijke lichtheid van het bestaan). Zelf schrijft zij vooral korte gedichten, vaak met een politieke strekking. Zij is ook politiek actief binnen de schrijversorganisatie PEN, die zich onder andere inzet voor vervolgde schrijvers.

Werken van Beranová zijn o.a.

  • Nu delen we een geheim (1992), proza
  • Hommage aan Jan Palach (1994), bloemlezing
  • Kiskassend gedicht (1996), gedichten
  • Tussen de rivieren (1999), gedichten
  • Tussen aarde en hemel (2002), gedichten
  • Tussentonen (oktober 2004), gedichten
(Bron: Wikipedia)


Elke dag
worden duizenden mensen geboren
elke dag
gaan duizenden mensen dood

Elke dag vrijen duizenden
met andere duizenden
en moorden enkelingen
duizenden uit

Elke dag zoek ik naarstig
naar mensen
en ga
met mijn kop
door duizenden muren

Uit: 'Geen Hemel zo hoog', 1983.

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