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Free verse is unusual in Russian poetry. The free verse of the Chuvash-born Gennady Aygi, who died in 2006, is now admired and read in both Eastern and Western European countries. It has enlarged the language of contemporary Russian poetry; it is disjunctive, subconscious, anti-rational, at the confluence of avant-garde European modernism and the traditional culture of this poet's near-Asiatic homeland. 'Like Hopkins in English,' Edwin Morgan has written, 'Aygi forces the Russian language to do things it has never done before.' His themes - stillness, communion between human and non-human worlds, memory, birth, sleep - provide room for deeply felt responses to both private and public events.

This first substantial presentation of Aygi's poetry to the English-speaking world, with original texts and facing translations by one of the foremost British translators of modern Russian poetry, and the translator's critical introduction, end notes and close readings of three poems, draws on each of the mature poem-sequences written between 1954 and 1994.

'The most original voice in contemporary Russian poetry, and one of the most unusual voices in the world.' Jacques Roubaud, Times Literary Supplement

'It is a pleasure to find a book where difficult Russian poems not only have been translated without any errors, but also work as English poems ... This is a thought-provoking volume, and Peter France and the publishers have done all lovers of poetry a major service.' Andrew Reynolds, Journal of European Studies

'Aygi's neologisms pose a challenge for any translator ... France translates as literally as possible ... This policy of judicious accuracy, honed, no doubt, by his many conversations with the poet, allows France to convey Aygi's often startlingly beautiful verbal effects ... This reasonably priced, impeccably produced book is a model of its type.'Michael Pursglove, Translation and Literature

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Series Angel Classics Title Selected Poems - parallel text
Subject Russian Language English
Market Adolescent/Adult Level Fluent/native speakers
Publication Date July 1997 Authors Gennady Aygi / Peter France
Binding Paperback Pages 240
Size(mm) N/A Weight (gms) 327
ESB Code 55130 ISBN 9780946162598
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  Price £11.95

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