The book is a credit to the press, a boon to everyone interested in Russian culture, and an important resource for teachers and students of Russian literature." -Library Journal
... a solid and conscientious piece of work, informed by discerning taste and learning." -Times Literary Supplement
Smith's collection of contemporary Russian poetry should be useful to anyone with a serious interest in work produced during recent years both by poets living in the U.S.S.R. and by prominent Third Wave emigres.... The introductory and biographical materials are excellent."-Publishers Weekly
The work of twenty-three poets, living in Russia and abroad and writing during the period since 1975, is highlighted in this dual-language anthology. The book features an extraordinary cohort of talented poets, including Joseph Brodsky, Evgenii Rein, and Bella Akhmadulina. Notes, biographical sketches, a detailed bibliography, and an informative introduction make this an indispensable resource for teachers, students, and readers of modern Russian literature.
Gerald S. Smith is Professor of Russian at the University of Oxford and Fellow of New College, Oxford. He is author of Songs to Seven Strings: Russian Guitar Poetry and Soviet "Mass Song," co-editor (with A. G. Cross) of Russian Literature in the Eighteenth Century, and translator of Alexander Galich, Songs and Poems.
Acknowledgments Preface Introduction: Recent Russian Poetry Note on the Texts, Translations, and Annotations Boris Slutsky Boris Chichibabin Bulat Okudzhava Vladimir Kornilov German Plisetsky Evgenii Rein Dmitrii Bobyshev Natalya Gorbanevskaya Aleksandr Kushner Bella Akhmadulina Yunna Morits Lev Loseff Oleg Chukhontsev Joseph Brodsky Dmitrii Prigov Aleksei Tsvetkov Elena Shvarts Ivan Zhdanov Olga Sedakova Bakhyt Kenzheev Aleksandr Eremenko Aleksei Parshchikov Notes on the Poets and the Poems Sources of the Texts Suggestions for Further Reading Index of Russian Titles and First Lines Index of English Titles and First Lines