Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Diary of One Who Vanished

Diary of One Who Vanished

A Song Cycle by Leos Janacek of Poems by Ozef Kalda

Seamus Heaney; A Song Cycle by Leos Janacek of Poems by Ozef Kalda

Farrar, Straus and Giroux


Trade Paperback

A Cycle of Love Songs Translated by the Nobel Laureate

"Dappled woodland light,
Spring well chill and bright,
Eyes like stars at night,
Open knees so white.
Four things death itself won't cover,
Unforgettable forever."

In 1917, while reading his local newspaper, the Czech composer Leos Janacek discovered the poems that he was to set to music in his song cycle Diary of One Who Vanished. Written by Ozef Kalda and published anonymously, they tell the story of a farmer's boy who abandons his home because he has fallen in love with a Gypsy. These new English versions by Seamus Heaney were commissioned by the English National Opera for a series of international performances, which opened in Dublin in October 1999.

Parents' Choice Honor Books, Alabama Children's Choice Book Award ML, Louisiana YR Choice Book Award Master List


Praise for Diary of One Who Vanished

“Pared to the bone in its simplicity . . . [it fills] the auditorium with the familiar cadences of folk song.” —The Economist

In the Press

Seamus Heaney's death last week left a rift in our lives, and in poetry, that won't easily be mended. A Nobel Laureate, a devoted husband, a sharp translator, a beloved friend, and the big-hearted leader of the "Government of the Tongue," Seamus was a poet of conscience... - FSG's Work in Progress

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Seamus Heaney; A Song Cycle by Leos Janacek of Poems by Ozef Kalda

Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. His poems, plays, translations, and essays include Opened Ground, Electric Light, Beowulf, The Spirit Level, District and Circle, and Finders Keepers. Robert Lowell praised Heaney as the "most important Irish poet since Yeats."

Seamus Heaney

Photograph by John Minihan. Copyright of University College Cork.

Seamus Heaney

Ozef Kalda

From the Publisher

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Latest on Facebook