"Orange Night achieves perfect balance between the staggeringly beautiful art of Samuel Bak and the exquisite poems of Carol Dine. Rarely have visual and literary expressions so wonderfully complemented one another: a fugue of echoes and melodies and afterimages all at the service of a moving illumination of the human condition."—James Carroll, National Book Award winner for An American Requiem,
"With authenticity and delicacy, as well as poignant lyricism, Carol Dine’s voice creates a passionate collaboration with Samuel Bak. Both artists inhabit a universe of shadows and shards. This extraordinary dialogue between painter and poet inspires the reader to understand and feel the cruelty of history and the immense possibility of art to heal, to recover the broken world where these images were born."—Marjorie Agosín, author of Of Earth and Sea: A Chilean Memoir,
"Orange Night is eloquent in two related ways. The paintings by Samuel Bak are rich images of suffering and of grief transfixed by its knowledge of that suffering. Carol Dine’s beautiful, austere poems are themselves transfixed by what they see."—David Ferry, National Book Award winner for Bewilderment,
Orange Night, a collaboration between internationally acclaimed artist, Samuel Bak, and poet/author, Carol Dine, presents a unique dialogue on the subject of the Holocaust. The cumulative effect of Bak’s paintings and drawings and Dine’s poetic commentary transcends the artists’ individual talents. Their vision creates for the reader an intimate confrontation with history, as well as a belief in the healing power of art.
Carol Dine is a celebrated poet, essayist, and memoirist. Her memoir, Places in the Bone which combines prose and poetry, deals with the redemptive power of art. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary magazines, including Aesthetica Creative Arts Annual , Bitter Oleander, Boulevard, Inkwell, Lilith and Salamander.
Samuel Bak has been the subject of numerous articles, scholarly works and fifteen books, most notably a monograph entitled Between Worlds. His touching memoir, Painted in Words, has been translated into several languages. He has also been the subject of two documentary films and was the recipient of the 2002 German Herkomer Cultural Prize.
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10 x 10, 68 pages, 24 color illustrations