The stage adaptation of the poetry collection: Surviving Words, Endre Farkas reminds us that “nothing is forgotten/nothing is ever forgotten.” Surving Wor(l)ds shares Endre’s parents’ experiences in Auschwitz and Mauthausen, moves on to deal with his childhood memories of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, and the ongoing acts of genocide.
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“The Horrifying actuality that is the Holocaust sits like an immovable altar to evil in the middle of the twentieth century. Fifty years later, Endre Farkas, child of Holocaust survivors, revisits its terrors through the stories of his parents and through his own journeys. His parents, who both survived concentration camps only to confront new xenophobia a dozen years later during the Hungarian revolution, were forced to escape with their young son to Canada. The book is a personal journey of sorts; a journey to recover, if not innocence, perhaps lost hope.” —Canadian Literature
About the Author
Endre Farkas was born in Hungary and is a child of Holocaust survivors. He and his parents escaped during the 1956 uprising and settled in Montreal. His work has a political consciousness and experimental bent. He is a genre fluid writer who has collaborated with dancers, musicians and actors to move the poem from page to stage. Still at the forefront of the Quebec English language literary scene – writing, editing, and performing – Farkas is the author of eleven books, including Quotidian Fever: New and Selected Poems (1974-2007). He is the two-time regional winner of the CBC Poetry “Face Off” Competition. His play, Haunted House, based on the life and work of the poet A.M. Klein, was produced in Montreal in 2009. He has produced videpoems that have been screened around the world. His collaboration with Carolyn Marie Souaid Blood is Blood won first prize at the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival in Berlin, Germany. Farkas has given readings throughout Canada, USA, Europe and Latin America. His poems have been translated into French, Spanish, Hungarian, Italian, Slovenian and Turkish. His novel Home Game was shortlisted for the Hugh MacLennan Prize for fiction 2020.